A tale as old as time returns to the big screen next year, as Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast promises to envelop audiences in a brand new world of magic. Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, booking opens next Tuesday! Here's why getting you need to be excited.
Alan Menken's back
In a blast of pure nostalgia we're due to be re-acquainted with the ethereal, haunting notes of Alan Menken's Oscar-winning score, as he returns to honour and update the sound of his beautiful 1991 soundtrack.
Much has been made about how the Harry Potter star is a perfect fit for plucky heroine Belle, both in looks and temperament. But our first look at Emma in the trailer confirms it absolutely: she's poised to bring the sensitivity displayed in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower to her role as the vulnerable yet brave Belle.
Former Downton Abbey heartthrob and The Guest badass Dan cuts a genuinely fearsome figure when we see the Beast for the first time. We love how the prosthetics have worked around his features, allowing for maximum expressiveness that will heighten the sense of emotion.
The all-star support cast
Candelabra Lumiere, clock Cogsworth and teapot Mrs. Potts were hilarious highlights of the original movie and they now get an injection of star power courtesy of Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson, respectively. Plus, we're liking how the advances in CGI technology have allowed for greater expressiveness and invention as far as their facial expressions are concerned.
Also on-board: A Fish Called Wanda Oscar-winner Kevin Kline as Belle's father Maurice, Fast 6's Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston, Olaf himself Josh Gad as Le Fou, Belle's Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette and The Hunger Games' Stanley Tucci as Cadzena.
Belle of the ball
The centrepiece sequence of the first movie was the gloriously romantic dance sequence between Belle and the Beast, the moment where we realised their love knew no bounds. By the looks of it the scene is poised to get a glossy, spectacular makeover, courtesy of Menken and Twilight director Bill Condon.
Fingers crossed this new version will make us laugh and cry all over again.