New Concept Art, Images Show First Look at Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Producer Jack Morrissey is teasing the first images from Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The images offer up the first glimpses of Cogsworth, Lumière, Gaston, the Prince, Belle and more.

Morrissey, who shared the images on his Facebook page, started with concept art of the newly imagined Cogsworth and Lumière characters. Ian McKellen voices Cogsworth (below and right), while Ewan McGregor voices Lumière (left).

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Then, he moved on to an image of the evil Gaston (Luke Evans) in action:

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And, finally, he provided the very first look at Dan Stevens as the Prince (aka the Beast):

In addition to Morrissey’s posts, more concept art made its way around the internet over the weekend. The art shows Emma Watson, Emma Thompson and Evans depicted as their characters in the film.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic. The film refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a modern audience.

“Beauty and the Beast” tells the story 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 exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald also star.

“Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky based on the 1991 animated film. Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing.

Eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken provides the score. Menken won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film. The new film will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman. In addition, it will feature several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

“Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

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