Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, it was filmed in the UK with predominantly British principal actors. The film is a live action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 18th-century fairy tale.
The film features an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the eponymous characters with Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson in supporting roles.
- Starring : Emma Watson / Dan Stevens
- Genre : Family / Fantasy / Musical / Romance
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Bill Condon
- Production : Mandeville Films / Walt Disney Pictures
- Distributor : B&H Film Distribution / Buena Vista International / Cineforum / Falcon / Feelgood Entertainment / Forum Hungary / NOS Audiovisuais / Press Play Pictures / United International Pictures (UIP) / Walt Disney Studios Japan / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) / Warner Bros. / Moviemax Family / Netflix / TNT / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Beauty and the Beast movie
Beauty and the Beast release date
- February 23, 2017 : UK (London) (premiere)
- March 16, 2017 : United Arab Emirates
- March 16, 2017 : Germany
- March 16, 2017 : Philippines
- March 16, 2017 : Singapore
- March 17, 2017 : Canada
- March 17, 2017 : Spain
- March 17, 2017 : UK
- March 17, 2017 : Ireland
- March 17, 2017 : India
- March 17, 2017 : Sweden
- March 17, 2017 : USA
- March 22, 2017 : France
- March 23, 2017 : Australia
- March 23, 2017 : Israel
- April 21, 2017 : Japan
- July 29, 2017 : Japan (Stardust Theater in Haramura)
Beauty and the Beast cast
- Emma Watson as Belle
- Dan Stevens as Beast
- Luke Evans as Gaston
- Josh Gad as LeFou
- Kevin Kline as Maurice
- Hattie Morahan as Agathe / Enchantress
- Haydn Gwynne as Clothilde
- Gerard Horan as Jean the Potter
- Ray Fearon as Père Robert
- Ewan McGregor as Lumière
- Ian McKellen as Cogsworth
- Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts
- Nathan Mack as Chip
- Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe
- Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza
A live-action Beauty and the Beast remake was first announced in April 2014, with Condon hired to direct it; Watson, Stevens, Evans and the rest of the cast signed on between January and April 2015. Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England in May 2015 and wrapped that August. With an estimated budget of around $255 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made. Beauty and the Beast premiered at Spencer House in London on February 23, 2017, and was released in the United States in standard, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D formats, along with Dolby Cinema on March 17, 2017.
The film received generally positive reviews, with many praising the performances of the cast (particularly Watson and Stevens), and its faithfulness to the original animated film, as well as elements from the Broadway musical, visual style, production values, and musical score, though it received criticism for some of the character designs and its excessive similarity to the original. The film grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing live-action musical film, and making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2017, the 14th-highest-ever-grossing film in North America and the 16th-highest-grossing film of all time. The film received four nominations at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards and two nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards. It also received Academy Award nominations for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design at the 90th Academy Awards.
Emma Watson is an English actress, model and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. As a child, she rose to prominence with her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, having acted only in school plays previously. Watson was the highest-grossing actress of the 2000s.
Luke Evans is a Welsh actor and singer. Evans began his career on the stage, performing in many of London’s West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before making his film breakthrough in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake. Following his debut, Evans was cast in such action and thriller films as Immortals (2011), The Raven (2012), and the re-imagined The Three Musketeers (2011).
Dame Emma Thompson is a British actress, screenwriter, activist, author, and comedian. One of the UK’s most acclaimed actresses, she often portrays enigmatic and matronly characters with a sense of wit, frequently in period dramas and literary adaptations. She is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, three BAFTA Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards.
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