Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is due to hit cinemas on 17 March 2017, and fans are already counting down the days. And a lot of that to do with the fact the whole film has been given a badass feminist makeover.
As we saw in the first 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.
It is hoped that this will make their blossoming friendship, and eventual romance, feel more real.
And, judging by newly released footage, it’s certainly done the trick.
That’s right; Disney have dropped not just one, but two, new trailers for the film.
In them, we get a glimpse of more of the castle’s enchanted furniture (look out for Ewan McGregor’s stint as lothario candlestick Lumiere), as well as a closer look at Belle’s relationship with the Beast.
Fans of the original animated film will also be pleased to see that there is also exciting new footage of their iconic snowball fight.
Watch it for yourself below:
Dressed in a rose-red cape, trimmed with faux white fur, Watson looks thoroughly festive as she draws back her arm and lets a snowball sail directly into Stevens’ face.
And, for those who felt the moment was over too quickly in the teaser, some die-hard fans have broken it down into screengrabs for you on Instagram.
“Cutest cinnamon rolls, they are goals,” wrote @EmmaCWatsons, before adding: “I am crying – send help.”
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As if that weren’t enough to get you excited about the new film, Disney have also released an extract from Watson's rendition of Something There, aka one of the hit songs from the original film.
Rather than copy Paige O’Hara’s version of the tune, Watson – who took singing lessons before beginning work on Beauty and the Beast – has added her own sweet, spoken-style twist to the lyrics.
Listen to it for yourself below:
You can compare it to the original version here:
While the song is no doubt important to the love story, it only hints at Beast and Belle’s future together; they don’t realise that they’re falling in love until their ballroom dance scene.
Or, as Mrs Potts puts it, they were “barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly”.
Watson previously raved to Entertainment Weekly about that famous 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.”