Disney has been making live-action remakes of their animated classics in recent years and Beauty and the Beast is next on the list. Actor Josh Gad hints that the live-action version will be just as magical as the animated one.
In a recent event, Gad stated that audiences will be “appropriately awestruck and amazed” and that it was “nothing short of magical” when the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake premieres in 2017. In the movie, Josh Gad plays Le Fou, a right-hand man of the villainous and narcissistic Gaston, played by Luke Evans. Gad also has nothing but praise for co-star Dan Stevens, who plays the Beast.
“Dan’s performance is incredible,” he says.
The first teaser for the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was released a few months ago, bearing a very uncanny resemblance to the beloved original. The lovable staff of the castle, such as Lumiere the candelabra and Cogsworth the clock have yet to be seen, but it does pose the question as to how the staff will look like in the live-action version.
When asked about the comparison of the live-action to the animated version, Gad stated that it is not trying to replace the Disney classic, but rather build from it instead.
“But it goes further in the trenches in terms of mythology and in terms of the characters,” he says.
Previously, the original cast of Beauty and the Beast expressed their approval of their live action counterparts during an interview marking the 25th anniversary of the animated classic. Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle herself said that Disney’s choice of casting Emma Watson for the role of Belle was perfect.
Also starring in Beauty and the Beast are Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline and Audra McDonald.
The live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is scheduled to premiere on March 17, 2017.
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