Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast isn’t due to hit cinemas until 2017, but excitement is already at fever pitch with a lot of that to do with the fact the whole film has been given a feminist makeover.
As we saw in the full-length trailer, both Belle (Emma Watson) and Beast (Dan Stevens) have been given bold, relatable personalities suitable for a modern-day audience; she’s a career girl who refuses to wear a corset and he’s an incredibly witty and impassioned prince trapped in the body of a monster.
But what about all of their enchanted friends living at the castle?
So far, we’ve only seen Mrs Potts (Emma Thompson), Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), and Cogsworth (Sir Ian McKellan) in their guises as talking teapots, candlesticks and clocks – respectively.
Likewise we have only had glimpses of Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), Garerobe (Audra McDonald), and Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) as walking, talking pieces of furniture.
Thank goodness, then, for this brand-new poster, which has given us our first look at them as normal – albeit very extravagantly-dressed – human beings, complete with towering powdered white wigs.
Hey, it is 18th-century France, after all.
Eagle-eyed fans will have spotted that Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and her son Chip (who is being played by Nathan Mack) can also be seen in their enchanted forms on the steps.
And on the left side we have Maurice (Kevin Kline), Gaston (Luke Evan) and LeFou. (Josh Gad).
Of course it goes without saying that Belle and the Beast take centrestage in the poster; there’s a staged photo of each with their ‘gangs’ (Belle sits on the human side of the poster, while Beast sticks with his fellow enchanted characters).
However, in the middle of the poster, we can see them captured in their ballroom dance – which is often touted as the most important part of the original movie, as it’s when the duo realise that they’re falling in love.
Or, as Mrs Potts puts it, they were “barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly”.
Watson previously raved to Entertainment Weekly about that iconic dance scene, saying: “The scene that I wear that [iconic yellow] dress in, and I have that dance in, it really tells the story of Beast and Belle falling in love,” she said. “You know, we don’t have a huge amount of time in the story to tell that story.
“The dance, for me, is really where the audience starts to see it happening and starts knowing that it is happening. This is total, blissful escapism. You are transported to another world.”
Watson added that she had relished the opportunity to be so involved with the staging of the new film, saying: “The dress, and the dancing, and the candlelight, and the music – it was really fun to work on every aspect of that.”
The film will be released in cinemas 17 March 2017.