See Beauty and the Beast's First Official Trailer! A Tale as Old as Time Comes to Life
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, out March 17
Be ready to be transported back in time.
The first official trailer for Disney’s live-action fairy tale Beauty and the Beast is finally here — and it’s just as breathtaking and mesmerizing as expected.
In the trailer, Belle (Emma Watson) stumbles into the Beast’s dilapidated mansion while looking for her father. When she finds him inside, he offers a haunting warning.
“Belle, you must leave here,” he exclaims. “This castle is alive!”
Once the Beast (Dan Stevens) finds Belle, he offers her the chance to take her father’s place. And when she accepts, it doesn’t take long for Belle to realize that her father was right — this is no ordinary castle.
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The trailer also gives a glimpse at a few of the film’s most beloved characters — or rather, most beloved household items. Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) and Chip all make an appearance.
“Look at her, what if she’s the one,” says Lumiere. “The one to break the spell.”
And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the iconic ballroom scene with Belle in the stunning yellow gown.
While the trailer opens with musical strains from the movie’s famous title track, director Bill Condon says fans can expect to hear even more classics from the 1991 animated film — along with a few new, original songs.
“Every song from the animated film is there, and we added three songs,” he tells PEOPLE. “The new songs had to do with the ways we were expanding and filling out the backstories of Belle and the Beast. One is the big, tragic solo for Dan at the end.”
So who are the voices behind the music?
“Absolutely everyone does their own singing,” says Condon, playfully adding: “Even Ian McKellen barks out a few lines for the first time on screen — and maybe the last.”
Condon says that while Watson was nervous to step behind the mic, she handled the situation like a pro.
“She’s such a hard worker,” he says. “What I love about her voice is that it’s a complete extension of the voice we all know. It’s very clear, very pure. I think it’s going to delight people.”
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.