owing a successful opening weekend of “Cinderella,” Disney’s next live-action princess film will be “Beauty and the Beast,” announced today to reach theaters in 3D on March 17, 2017.
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play Gaston.
Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice.
Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the film, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.
Bill Condon will direct from a script by Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London.