We have patiently waited nearly 26 years, but the wait is finally over – the long-awaited live action remake of Beauty and the Beast is here *squeals*! All the magic of the original fairytale will come to life in the new film starring Emma Watson as Belle, which is set to be one of the biggest films of 2017.
We’ve rounded up 22 things you should know about the blockbuster, from juicy behind the scenes facts to exciting new characters, this is your go-to guide to the tale as old as time.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Ryan Gosling was originally offered the part of the Beast but turned it down *sobs* to star in La La Land instead. Luckily for us, the equally handsome Downton Abbey star, Dan Stevens, took up the role instead.
She was originally offered Emma Stone’s part in La La Land, but turned it down to focus on Beauty and the Beast.
The trailer has racked up over 127.6 million views in the first 24 hours alone! Proof that none of us have grown up and we still love Disney.
The set for the enchanted forest surrounding the castle was built with real trees, hedges, and a lake, complete with over 20,000 icicles. It took over 15 weeks to complete.
As well as the well-loved classics, there will be a song by Celine Dion (the Queen is back!) and a duet by Ariana Grande and John Legend singing an updated version of the theme song.
In the original animation, Belle’s father Maurice is an inventor, however, in this new version Belle is the inventor. She has invented a kind of washing machine, so instead of doing laundry she has more time to read books, because ain’t nobody got time for laundry.
Maurice and Gaston both have new storylines. Maurice is now a music-box maker and Gaston is an army captain and war hero. This reinvention of back stories is something we’ve seen in other Disney remakes such as Maleficent and The Jungle Book.
Cadenza, the grand piano who is described as a neurotic maestro, will join the cast of talking household objects and will be played by Stanley Tucci.
Unlike in the original animated film, we’ll get to see a bit more of the Beast aka Prince Adam before the evil enchantress curses him.
Bill Condon directed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn parts 1 & 2, as well as a whole host of other great films like Dreamgirls and Mr. Holmes. So yeah, we’re pretty sure this film will be amazing.
LeFou, who is Gaston’s right-hand man, will be Disney’s first openly gay character. This was confirmed by the film’s director, Bill Condon: “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston, and on another day wants to kiss Gaston”. He will be played by Josh Gad who was the friendly snowman Olaf in Frozen.
During filming, Emma Watson refused to wear a corset and the film’s costume designer made a specially-constructed dress for her. Belle is supposed to be an active princess and the corset would have restricted her.
Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Roberts and Lily Collins were all considered for the role of Belle. We’re sure they would’ve all made amazing Belles, but we have a soft spot for Emma Watson.
Like most of the cast, Emma Watson didn’t have much singing experience prior to this film and described the prospect of singing on screen for the first time as terrifying. Who can blame her? Needless to say, those singing lessons paid off as she sounds amazing in the film.
As well as Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, you’ll spot Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth.
Every time the rose sheds a petal, the castle will shake and disintegrate around the characters, becoming more destroyed each time and signalling the ticking clock of the curse.
As well as the enchanted mirror from the original animation, the Beast will now have an enchanted atlas, which allows him to be transported anywhere in the world.
Bill Condon made the cast sing ‘Hakuna Matata’ from The Lion King during auditions to test their singing abilities.
And over 1,500 red roses were grown for research and set decoration – now that is seriously setting the mood.
The iconic yellow dress from the ballroom scene took over 12,000 hours (!) to create and is made from over 55 metres of fabric, 914 metres of thread and 2,160 Swarovski crystals! Now that is a showstopper
Emma Watson was originally offered the role of Cinderella, but turned it down before choosing to play Belle, because the character fit “so much more” with her principles. “She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice.”
If like us you just can’t get enough of Beauty and the Beast, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can now get your hands on a limited edition line of themed clothing by Minkpink which you can buy at ASOS.