The live action film Beauty and the Beast featuring Emma Watson and accomplished Hollywood actors has incorporated interesting tweaks. These are evident from images of the main characters that have recently been released on print and social media.
Not many people may know that Beauty and the Beast has several much earlier versions besides the 1991 animated flick released by Walt Disney Pictures. This animated version featured the voices of Paige O-Hara as Belle, Robby Benson as the Prince/Beast. Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts, Richard White as Gaston, and many other accomplished artists.
For the live action adaptation slated to hit cinemas on March 2017, the Beauty and the Beast central characters are seen, based on exclusive images from Disney, with some modifications. Photographs of Emma, the Beast, Kevin Kline as Emma’s father, all as part of one fairy tale family, have been posted on Twitter, exciting fans.
One of the images shows Emma looking very pretty as Belle, and beside her is her father, looking up to his smiling daughter, and before them is a table with music boxes of varying designs and sizes, representing different countries.
The upcoming film shows a slight reversal of roles. Beauty and the Beast 2017 depicts Belle as the inventor and her father is the tinkerer, the one who makes the musical items. Such minute details like the music boxes that can show Belle visual images of other areas of the world outside her confines, and Belle as the inventor, add dimension to Emma’s character.
Taking the directorial helm of the 2017 live action version is Bill Condon. He has joined forces with Greek-American screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure) and American novelist-cum-screenwriter Stephen Chbosky of The Perks of Being a Wallflower fame.
Disney’s top brass had to ponder over whether it was best to stick as close as possible to the original details of the film’s predecessors, or use the modern modifications. In any case, the classic setting will be seen in the new film.
Other images of the new Beauty and the Beast Film shows Belle clad in a yellow sleeveless gown with a billowy skirt. Another image shows her beside the Beast in a massive library. Indeed, while there are clever alterations to the protagonist’s character, the essence of the story has remained intact. The director, writing and production team are ensuring that the interplay of various elements produce one magical movie.
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