Disney's New 'Beauty and the Beast' Starring Emma Watson: Here's Everything We Know About the Live-Action Film

Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast in the live-action version of the Disney classic


The tale as old as time is getting a reboot – and we finally got a preview!

Beauty and the Beast‘s first teaser trailer debuted on Monday, giving fans a highly anticipated peek at the live-action film’s take on the Beast’s dilapidated castle and Emma Watson in character as Belle.

While the movie won’t hit theaters until March 2017, here’s what we know so far about that famous quiet village.

The cast is top-notch.

Disney assembled a who’s-who of stage and screen to round out the cast of eccentric characters, which includes talking household furniture and knickknacks.

Dan Stevens appears opposite Watson as the Beast, while Luke Evans stars as Gaston.

Audra McDonald is Garderobe, the singing wardrobe; Emma Thompson is teapot Mrs. Potts; and Josh Gad portrays Gaston’s sidekick Le Fou.

Ewan McGregor stars as Lumiere the candelabra, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth the clock, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette the feather duster, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza the grand piano and Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father.

No one sings like Gaston.

There’s no question that Gaston is cocky – and he definitely has at least one reason to be.

Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show in March, Evans showed off his vocal chops, performing his character’s titular song alongside Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. Evans even nailed Gaston’s spit take!

There will be three new songs!

Alan Menken, the composer behind Disney’s 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast, confirmed that he’s penned three additional tunes for the upcoming movie, according to BroadwayWorld.com.

Menken revealed two of the song’s titles, a lullaby called “Days in the Sun” and ballad “Forever More.” None of the 1993 Broadway musical tracks are included, however, Menken said.

Watson’s Gryffindor classmates are supportive.

Can Watson carry a tune, as required for her character? Her Harry Potter castmates sure think so.

“I imagine she’s good,” Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the films, told PEOPLE at Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter earlier this year. She added, “Emma works so hard. Even if she’s not naturally a good singer, she will make herself great at it. She’s very conscientious.”

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The enchanted rose is still flourishing.

While the teaser trailer left much to the imagination, one thing is definitely clear: The enchanted rose still plays an integral part in Belle and the Beast’s story.

Appearing during the clip’s final moments, the flower is a component of the curse placed on the Beast. The rose will bloom until his 21st year, serving as a countdown for the Beast to learn to give and receive love – the curse’s antidote. If the last rose petal drops before that happens, the Beast will be stuck as a monster forever.

The live-action version of Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017.

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