Super-teasery first teaser for Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast dropped this morning:
(note - submitted the trailer to the site).
Initial thoughts: production design and cinematography looks nice, particularly the framing on the shot of Belle gazing at the rose. The atmosphere is helped considerably by the use of Menken's literally perfect score from the original animated film.
On the downside: Boy, that's...quite the accent Ewan McGregor's sporting as Lumiere, there. And, yeah, this is about as unrevealing a teaser as you could possibly get.
But man, this film has an absolute murderer's row of talent attached. Bill Condon directing, Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as LeFou, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as other servants. Menken is reputedly writing three new songs (it seems like this one will fully embrace the music in the animated film, unlike the previous Disney live-action films). And after Jungle Book turned out so well, definitely have my fingers crossed for this. There have already been two classics based on Beauty and the Beast (the animated film and the Cocteau film), so here's to hoping this can bring something all its own to the table.