The debut trailer for the live-action adaptation of Disney‘s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” was released on 23rd May and it was viewed over 91.8 million in the first 24 hours, making it the most-viewed trailer in its first day of release.
As expectations for the film are extremely high, the upcoming movie has a lot to live up to. But fret not, because actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Plumette aka Lumiere’s feather duster girlfriend, claimed that the movie is “everything you’ll expect and more”!
During an interview with E! News, the actress said, “It’s got all the magic and the romance of the original but it’s also very funny. A lot of my character is animated so I was only on set a couple of days. But, they were magical days.”
The 33-year-old star, who will be singing and dancing to one of the original songs from the film, described Luke Evans’ Gaston and Josh Gad’s Le Fou to be “just so hilarious”.
Also talking to E! News, Luke has nothing but praise for the musical film. “They’re going to be over the moon. It’s a real treat. It’ll be a wonderful thing for the people who remember the animation and for the young ones who’ve never seen the animation, to see this live-action portrayal,” said the actor.
It was reported that the upcoming film will retain the same story as well as the original music from its 1991 animated counterpart, with the addition of several new songs in a bid to update the music scores.
“Beauty and the Beast” tells the tale of Belle, a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous appearance and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Directed by Bill Condon (from “Dreamgirls” and “Twilight”), the film star-studded cast includes Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as Beast/Prince; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere the candelabra; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth the mantel clock; Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts the teapot; and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is slated for release on 17th March 2017.