There’s no question that the original Beauty and the Beast is a classic in every way. So, why the need for a remake? Well, there are a lot of reasons actually.
In a new video, the cast and director reveal why they think their new take on the classic will be memorable, as well as why they decided to be a part of the remake in the first place.
“I have loved Beauty and the Beast since I was about four years old,” Emma Watson, who plays Belle said. “When you love something that much, you really want to do it justice.”
As for Dan Stevens, aka The Beast, it’s all about the legacy of the story.
“I know that I’ve seen it hundreds of times since and now that I have kids of my own, probably thousands,” he explained.
The film’s director, Bill Condon then described the original and the reason why he decided to sign on for the remake.
“I just thought it was the most beautiful and perfect movie. The question becomes, why remake something that’s perfect?,” Condon said in between images on the new film. “Part of it was this great opportunity to tell it in a live action, fully photo real version and distinguish Belle again 25 years later, as a 21st century heroine.”
We’re all for bring Belle back to life in the modern-ish era. She truly is a timeless character.
The biggest part besides the live-action portion of the remake is the music, according to the cast, and we can’t wait to hear it all.
“There’s something about this story and the score that draws everybody in,” Condon explained.
The music means a lot, Luke Evans who plays Gaston echoed.
“These songs are very powerful,” Evans said. “They arose emotion and carry you along. It will remind you of all the beauty of the original.”
As for living up to the name, everyone on set knew it was going to be hard, but totally worth it.
“It was the most exciting to see so many people concentrated on creating magic that would endure,” Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Cogsworth said.
Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou also believes that they are making a movie that will last a lifetime.
“It was something that we all knew we had to live up to,” he explained. “This version of Beauty and the Beast will define a whole new generation in a wonderful way.”
Okay, if we weren’t excited to see it before, we certainly are now. It sounds so magical!
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017.