Okay, so the new trailer for the live-action drama Beauty and the Beast is entirely in French. But thankfully fluency in French isn't needed to enjoy this. After all, this is a tale as old as time. Just sit back and relish in the striking visuals Christophe Gans has put together for this dark and dangerous interpretation of the classic story.
From the rose to the dopey dad and even the design of the Beast, it seems Gans, who previously helmed Brotherhood of the Wolf and Silent Hill, is pulling a lot of his inspiration from Disney's Oscar-winning animated version. But can you blame him? Look how gorgeous it still is:
Playing Gan's Beauty and Beast are French film stars Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan). Frankly, I find this casting inspired. Seydoux is of course inarguably beautiful. But as she's shown in the harrowing first love drama Blue is the Warmest Color, she is also one hell of an actress. Then for his beast, Gans chose an actor who is not traditionally good looking and yet oozes a dangerous sex appeal in films like Black Swan, Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Trance.
Personally, I find the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast almost flawless, right up until they reveal the prince version of the titular brute. He was just such a letdown. Gone was the deep voice and growling passion of the hairy thug we'd come to love, and what was left was a weird looking blonde guy with admittedly lovely blue eyes. But man, I'd take Cassel over Disney's blandsome prince any day.
Beauty and the Beast will open in France on February 12th, 2014. No U.S. release date has yet been announced. Meanwhile, Disney is reportedly in development on a live-action remake of their own.
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