We all remember this story. The one where a monstrous beast and a beautiful young woman fall in love, otherwise known as the Beauty and the Beast. It’s a classic fairy tale and one that is set to return to our screens in a live-action remake! We cannot contain our excitement over here! Actress, Emma Watson, will be playing Belle, and yes, she will indeed be wearing that famous yellow ball gown that we all wanted to wear as children. Set to be released next year, Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast is going to be amazing, there’s no doubt about it. The costumes, the music, the songs-we hope it can live up to the hype! If you would like to know some more interesting facts about the upcoming live-action movie, be our guest (see what I did there?) and read on. Here are 15 things you need to know about the upcoming live action film, Beauty and the Beast.
15 Ryan Gosling Turned Down the Role of the Beast
Did you know that Disney actually offered The Notebook star, Ryan Gosling, the lead role of the beast in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast? But the hunky star turned down the offer to appear in La La Land (2016) instead. Then again, it’s kind of hard to imagine Ryan Gosling playing a beast, isn’t it? He's just too gorgeous. Strangely enough, Emma Watson actually declined playing the lead female role in La La Land because of scheduling conflicts with this film. Instead of Ryan Gosling playing the beast, it’s going to be played by actor, Dan Stevens. It could have been good, watching Watson and Gosling playing alongside each other in this classic fairytale, but you know what they say; everything happens for a reason. Clearly this combo wasn’t meant to be but we're still going to enjoy it anyways. Gosling or Gosling, this is one film that's going to blow us away.
14 Beauty and the Beast Will Hit Theaters in 2017
Disney has been remaking a lot of their classics lately. First there was Maleficent, then it was Cinderella, and how can we forget The Jungle Book remake? Now, it’s Beauty and the Beast and we cannot wait for March to roll around! Disney announced earlier this year that Emma Watson would be playing the role of Belle in their live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, and you could say that was the trigger that got our hearts racing even faster. Who doesn’t love Emma Watson? Not to mention how perfect she is for this role! Yes, she may always be Hermione in our hearts, but she nails other roles too and Belle is going to be no exception. It’s going to hit theaters on March 17, 2017 and we cannot wait! And we're pretty confident that Disney’s not going to let us down with this one. In fact, it could be the best remake they're about to produce thus far. Well, at least we hope so. This is one movie they cannot afford to get wrong.
13 This Movie’s Director is the Same Director of Twilight: Breaking Dawn
The director of the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, Bill Condon, is no newbie when it comes to making movies. He’s best known for directing Twilight: Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2, but that’s not the only series he’s credited for. Condon was also the director of Mr Holmes, Dreamgirls, Kinsey, Gods and Monsters, and Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. So yeah, he knows what he’s doing, that’s for sure. If you liked any of those movies, then you are bound to love his remake. Behind every great movie, there is a great director and with Condon on board, we are pretty confident that the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is going to be one fantastic movie. It seems he’s moving on from working with vampires to working with beasts instead. Anyway, we’re all looking forward to watching this film unravel on the big screens next year and we hope you, Bill Condon, won’t let us down.
12 The Choosing of the Final Cast Depended on How They Sang "Hakuna Matata"
Bill Condon, the director of Beauty and the Beast, made the actors sing The Lion King’s "Hakuna Matata" during auditions. Uh, wrong movie? Yes, it does sound kind of random and strange but there’s a good explanation for it. Condon basically wanted to measure their singing voices and apparently, having them sing "Hakuna Matata" was the way to do that. Who knew? Is anyone else envisioning Emma Watson singing "Hakuna Matata" right now? Anyway, it’s said that he chose the cast depending on how they sang the song and obviously Miss Watson killed it (can we have a video released?). It must have been quite a day, watching all those actors singing their hearts out to The Lion King’s legendary song. This leads us to another interesting fact about the movie, keep reading on to find out!
11 Emma Watson Took Singing Lessons for the Part
Making a movie requires a huge amount of hard work and a great deal of patience. So much is involved in making a movie that totally goes unnoticed. Every position is highly involved and cannot do without the other. You have the directors, the screenwriters, the actors, and so many more. Because actors are at the forefront and are literally the face of the movie, they need to do a lot of preparation prior to filming in order to perfect their characters. So when Emma Watson found out she would be playing the role of Belle, she immediately began re-watching Beauty and the Beast (the 1991 version, of course) and she even took singing lessons. Wait does this mean Emma Watson is singing IRL? Yes, it does! And if she made it through the "Hakuna Matata" test, she is most likely going to nail her singing parts in the movie. If her singing voice is anything as angelic as her face, we will not be disappointed.
10 There Could Have Been Another Belle
While Emma Watson seems almost made for this part, four other famous actresses were close to being chosen as playing the role of Belle. Can you guess who? Ok, we won’t leave you waiting. Kristen Stewart was actually one of the first considerations for the role. The came Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts. Lilly Collins also could have played the female lead, only to ultimately lose out to the one and only, Emma Watson. While these four actresses would have played a great Belle, we cannot deny that Emma Watson is the perfect fit for one of our favorite Disney princesses. Seeing as Watson has never starred in a Walt Disney Productions movie before, she really does deserve this part and we’re sure she’s going to nail it. Is it March yet?
9 Ewan McGregor is Playing Lumiere and He Might Sound a Little More Spanish than French
If you know anything about the upcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast, you will probably already know that actor Ewan Mcgregor, will be playing Lumiere. According to McGregor, it was by no means an easy role to play and the reason why? The accent. Getting the character’s French accent right was no mean feat. Even though his wife of 20 years is French, it appears he hasn't picked up that many tips and hints from the language. He said he ended up sounding more Spanish than French. Of course he’s probably grasped the French accent by now but we guess we’ll have to wait and see. He's probably just being modest. So if you notice Luminere sounding more Spanish, than French-just give a little chuckle. All jokes aside, McGregor is an amazing actor and he’s bound to have nailed the accent eventually. It can’t be easy, putting on an accent. We’re not going to criticize...but be our guest if you want to.
8 There’s a Feminist Twist to Belle’s Backstory
In addition being beautiful and smart, it seems both Emma and Belle have something else in common too: girl power. In the original Beauty and the Beast, we know little about Belle’s backstory but Disney is making sure they add a feminist twist to her backstory in this upcoming version, much to the delight of women’s rights activist Emma Watson. Instead of spending her days reading, like she does in the original, she is going to be the inventor (instead of her father).
"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?'" says Watson. "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."
7 The Movie Will Incorporate New Recordings of the Original Songs
Composer, Alan Menken, who created the music for the original Beauty and the Beast has returned for the new version of the movie and he has made sure it includes new recordings of the original songs as well as brand new songs written by himself and Tim Rice (okay NOW we're excited!). When a classic move is remade, you always worry how much will change because, when it comes down to it, we liked the original for a reason. In other words, we viewers don’t want to see a whole lot of change. Especially in this classic fairy tale. Disney was actually going to make this new version into a musical. Director of the movie, Bill Condon, said in response to Disney’s idea: "With all due respect, I think you're crazy. The songs are too good. You're going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action Beauty and the Beast and not do 'Be Our Guest'?" We're with Condon on this one!
6 No, Daniel Radcliffe is Not in it
When Disney first announced they were making a live action version of Beauty and the Beast, Daniel Radcliffe was rumored to have a role. A trailer even emerged showing clips of Radcliffe in the movie. That, however, was nothing more than a rumor. Rats! Maybe fans were hoping there would be some kind of reunion between Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe. A sort of Harry Potter reunion perhaps. We guess it would have been pretty cool for Radcliffe to play the Beast. But it was just made up gossip. Instead of participating in the remake, he’s busy working on other projects instead. So if you were hoping to see wizard-boy-turned-beast, you are not going to. At least, not in this film anyway. Downton Abbey star, Dan Stevens, has that role covered so we’re afraid a beast in no longer needed.
5 The Film is Going to be "Special"
"I think that [what] the creative team has so brilliantly done is they've embraced it so fully that the scale and scope of those numbers is unlike anything modern Hollywood really gets a chance to do anymore," said Gad. "You're going to see songs come to life in Technicolor magic, in a way that I think like big studio films, once upon a time, used to do, but have sort of not done for a long period of time and I think it's going to be really amazing thing for audiences to see again."
Doesn’t it sound incredible? We're going to take Gad’s word for it.
4 Some of the Movie is Filmed on a Prior Location for the Harry Potter Films
In addition to Emma Watson playing the lead female role, there’s another connection Beauty and the Beast (2017) has with the Harry Potter movies: location. Part of the movie was actually filmed on land at Berkhamstead Golf Club which also happened to be a prior location for the Harry Potter films. What a coincidence! So if you go see the movie, keep your eyes peeled to see if you can notice any similar locations. If you’re a diehard Potter fan there’s a chance you may notice some similarities. Can you think of any other connections between Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast? Emma Thompson! That’s right. Thompson, who plays Mrs. Potts in the movie, also appeared in the Harry Potter movies. She was Professor Trelawney, remember? So as you can see, there are a few resemblances.
3 The Trailer Reached 91.8 Million Hits in its First 24 Hours
You can tell how much we’re looking forward to watching this movie by taking a look at its trailer viewing stats. The trailer of Beauty and the Beast reached 91.8 million views in its first 24 hours! That’s a lot of views. So many in fact, that it topped the number of views within 24 hours seen in history! That includes teasers for other movies by Disney like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War. We were all so excited to hear that Disney would be making a live action remake of this classic fairytale, we all couldn’t wait to watch the trailer to take a sneak peak at what it’s all about. And we were even more excited when we heard the news that Emma Watson would be playing Belle. Who better to play the part of an intelligent and beautiful heroine than the wonderful, Emma Watson?
2 It Has An Amazing Cast
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Every good movie needs a good cast. Otherwise it’s just not going to be good. Thankfully, this Beauty and the Beast remake has a fantastic cast. And we mean, a really fantastic cast. If you don’t know already, let us tell you who’s in it. Emma Watson, of course, plays Belle. We’ve already covered that. Dan Stevens (the actor from Downton Abbey), plays the Beast. Dracula Untold actor, Luke Evans, plays Gaston. Big Fish star, Ewan McGregor, plays Lumiere. Nanny McPhee actress, Emma Thompson, plays Mrs. Potts. And Mr. Holmes star, Ian McKellen, plays Cogsworth. But that’s not all. There are many more amazing actors and actresses starring in this movie including, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald, Henry Garrett, Sonoya Mizuno and many more. Yep, we told you it’s an amazing cast. Therefore, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be an amazing movie too. We can’t wait!
1 It’s Still One of the Best Love Stories Ever
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In spite of its twists, the plot to the new Beauty and the Beast remake is going to remain very much the same: true love conquers all. When we first watched the 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast, it gave us hope that true love exists and it seems that the upcoming version is going to do the same. Loosely based on a French fairytale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast is about a prince who was cursed for his arrogance, and was later turned into a beast. He will have to stay that way forever unless he can find true love before the enchanted rose’s last petal falls. And we’re going to leave it at that, folks (just in case you haven’t watched the movie before and you don’t want us to spoil the story for you). One thing we can assure you of, however, is that the new Beauty and the Beast movie will not change as far as its essential plot is concerned. It’s still the ultimate love story.