– by Joseph Jammer Medina

You can say a lot of things about Disney, but you can’t say the studio doesn’t know how to exploit the hell out of nostalgia. As the producer of many of film’s greatest animated classics, they’ve shaped many of our childhoods, and as a result, have also shaped many of our futures.

In a trend that’s been nearly impossible to ignore, they’ve been remaking some of these classics into big budget live-action productions. Thus far, the result has been mostly positive, with only such films as Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland muddying up the waters (though to be fair, one is a re-imagining, and the other is a sequel, so…). The next movie on the slate to get remade is none other than the 1991 Best Picture nominee Beauty and the Beast.

Thanks to the recent trailers, as well as the numerous production stills released, the internet buzz surrounding this film has been through the roof. Of course, it certainly helps that Watson, a beloved figure in pop culture, is on board to play Belle. In the latest featurette, Watson expresses her excitement over playing a character she’s loved since she was young.

Check it out below!

In addition to the featurette, we also have a brand new international poster. This one, as you can see, is a bit less busy than the more recent domestic poster, which featurette Belle, the Beast, and all the household appliances that populate his castle.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

“The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.”

Are you looking forward to seeing Beauty and the Beast? Let us know in the comments down below!

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017.

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SOURCE: Disney

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.