Entertainment Weekly's new cover story is set to explore none other than Disney's Beauty and the Beast remake, the one starring Harry Potter heroine Emma Watson as Belle. And she's as excited as you, telling the mag, “I can’t even think how many times I watched it as a child. I knew all the words by heart. I knew all the songs by heart.”
The 1991 animated classic's new remake got its first teaser back in May; it was more of a tour of the Beast's castle than anything character-oriented, offering only a glimpse of Watson's face. The new EW cover has her in full view alongside the Beast, who will be played by Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens.
In a separate breakout looking at Belle's relationship with her father, played here by Kevin Kline, Watson says:
“In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle. I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?’ So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”
There's also a gallery with a handful of other Beauty and the Beast stills.
The full Entertainment Weekly story will include a set visit and interviews with director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, the two-part Twilight finale Breaking Dawn) and actors Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans and Josh Gad. The writer also discusses some of the flick's new songs and speaks with Jacqueline Durran, the sumptuous production's all-important costume designer.
Beauty and the Beast premieres March 17, 2017. Disney has been going bananas with the live-action remakes and updates lately, with Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Winnie the Pooh and Aladdin all in the mill, among, seriously, even more. Snow White had a live-action remake announced just yesterday; a month ago, word came that The Lion King's getting the same treatment.
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