Director Billy Condon has created a live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast," which was a box office hit in 1991, grossing $425 million worldwide. The classic fairytale is considered to be one of Disney's favorite works, with high hopes and expectations for the 2017 remake. The film cast includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline and Josh Gad, with the voices of Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. Initial filming began in Shepperton Studios in London, on May 18, 2015.

The story's plot

In exchange for her father's pardon and release, the bright, independent and beautiful Belle is taken prisoner by the cursed Beast in his castle. While trying to cope with her situation, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and soon learns to see the the goodness and true heart of the human Prince within. Lumiere the candle stick, one of the castle's staff members, urges the Beast to be on his best behavior with Belle, since she may be the one to break the spell.

The plot's villain

The arrogant and conceited Gaston is a true competitor at heart, and had his sights set on Belle, from the very beginning of the story. Belle was not impressed, and he was essentially rejected as a suitor. Actor Luke Evans, who is playing the flamboyant villain, told, "There's definitely a theatricality that I can bring to this role that I don't usually get to do." Disney lovers can expect to see a newly transformed Gaston, as the character shows his intelligence when he is able to persuade an entire village to confront the Beast.

What fans can expect

The film will be released in 3D, and the official trailer has given hints of live action scenes that promise to thrill audiences. The film will include new recordings of the original songs, written by Menken and Howard Ashman, for the 1991 animated adaptation, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner, Tim Rice.

Fans can look out for the release in theaters on March 17, 2017.

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