'Beauty and the Beast' comes to life in first full-length trailer

The movie is based on the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairy tale.
By Annie Martin Follow @littlemannie   |  Nov. 14, 2016 at 9:31 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Disney released a first full-length trailer for its live-action Beauty and the Beast on Monday.

The preview stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as Belle and The Beast, with Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice.

The trailer also features glimpses of Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts, who are voiced by Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will voice Cadenza, Wardrobe and Babette.

Beauty and the Beast is based on the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairy tale, which Disney previously adapted as a 1991 animated movie. The new film is directed by Chicago helmer Bill Condon.

"I was so excited to hear that Disney was thinking about doing a live-action version," the director said in a behind-the-scenes video in September. "When something is so perfect, why get near it? The answer is technology has caught up to the ideas that were introduced in that movie."

Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters March 17, 2017. Watson shared a new teaser poster for the movie last week after appearing with Stevens on the Nov. 11 cover of Entertainment Weekly.

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