It’s not long now until the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hits UK cinemas (though it does feel like they’ve been teasing us with clips for an exceptionally long time), and as an extra treat, Disney has released one last trailer.
And it is, undoubtedly, the most magical one yet.
Offering us an in-depth look into the Bill Condon-helmed remake, the extended trailer has made one thing apparent: this is no carbon copy of the original animated classic.
Emma Watson’s Belle, for example, isn’t just a book lover with a thirst for adventure in the great wide somewhere; she’s also an inventor, a tutor and a woman who’s keen to lift up others and help them to succeed.
As her father Maurice (Kevin Kline) points out, this Disney princess is very much ahead of her time – and far too bold a personality for the small provincial town in which she resides. It’s stifling. But, Maurice reminds her, small also means safe.
A fact which she seemingly learns the hard way when she leaves the walled town, breaks into an enchanted castle and comes face-to-face with a fearsome Beast (Dan Stevens).
Watch the trailer for yourself below:
Belle immediately makes plans to escape, but she’s given pause for thought when she’s confronted by the animated house staff, led by Lumière (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson). They quickly explain their dire predicament; they, just like the Beast, are the victims of a cruel curse. And only true love can break the spell.
Cue Belle and the book-loving Beast (that’s right; unlike the original animated character, this enchanted prince can read all by himself) falling for one another, to the new rendition of the theme song, Beauty and the Beast, by Ariana Grande and John Legend.
We get a few other clips, such as Gaston (Luke Evans) rallying the townspeople to gather their pitchforks and “kill the Beast”, and Lumière leading the transformed castle crew in the big production number Be Our Guest. And, overall, the story looks pretty similar to the original.
But we know that this isn’t the case, as it’s since been confirmed that the live-action remake has a running time of two hours and three minutes. As a point of reference, the animated version lasted just under one and a half hours.
We know that a few new songs will increase the running time. There will be a lullaby, dubbed Days in the Sun, which will see the furniture reflecting on the days when they were human (which explains why their human faces are so prominent on the posters).
The Beast, meanwhile, will also get his own ballad in the form of For Evermore, which soundtracks the moment he realises he loves Belle and lets her leave to be with her father.
“He’s basically singing about how he now knows what love is, as he watches her leave, and he’s climbing up the turret of the castle as she recedes into the distance, just watching her go further and further away," composer Alan Menken explained to to Entertainment Weekly.
And that’s not all we’ll see of the Beast’s humanity. Condon has since confirmed that we will be seeing a lot more of the Beast as the prince than we did in the original, although it remains unclear as to whether or not this will take the form of flashbacks or extended story plot.
Watson has also hinted that the ending of the film will be very different to the original.
As we all know, an image of her character wearing a gorgeous white gown – complete with sheer fluttering sleeves and floral embellishments – has been released.
But, while it has been described as a “royal wedding gown”, Watson has since hinted that her feminist revival of Belle will not be marrying the prince.
Instead, she says, her new dress (never seen in the original) is a “royal celebration gown”.
Beauty and the Beast will hit UK cinemas 17 March.