“True, that’s he’s not Prince Charming.”
Disney’s live-action update of Beauty and the Beast is forthcoming. Today, the Mouse House released a snippet of Emma Watson (who portrays the Belle, the bookish inventor’s daughter who finds an unexpected connection with a prince-turned-beast) singing a few bars of “Something There.” The song – written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken – is one of the memorable tracks of the beloved 1991 animated feature. The live-action update, directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and featuring an all-star ensemble cast, updates the fairly tale with songs intact.
In fact, as chat between Entertainment Weekly and Menken seems to confirm, this new Beauty will add a few news songs to the mix. The original animated film – the first animated motion picture to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture – earned Academy Awards for its original score as well as for Ashman and Menken’s title song – a track that also earned Grammy and Golden Globe prizes. Beauty and the Beast was also successfully adapted into a Broadway musical.
Opposite Watson’s “Beauty” is Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), who portrays the Beast. The cast also includes Oscar winners Kevin Kline (In & Out) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks). Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Miss Sloane), Josh Gad (Frozen), Luke Evans (High-Rise), Audra McDonald (Ricki and the Flash) and Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes) also star.
Check out Watson’s tease of “Something There” below. Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17th.
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