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Disney's been on a roll lately with the live action remakes of their classic animated movies, and the next remake up on the slate is Beauty and the Beast. While we've already seen how Lumiere and Cogwsworth will look in the re-telling, many have been waiting for a clear look at the two eponymous protagonists: Belle, who was obscured in the teaser trailer earlier this year, and the creature that was once known as Prince Adam. Well, wait no longer, as we finally have our first official image of the two of them together recreating a scene fans of the 1991 animated version know all too well.
Beauty and the Beast will be spotlighted in the latest EW issue, and as a treat, the magazine's cover has been released, showing the movie's two main characters in their memorable ballroom dance. Emma Watson's Belle looks amazingly similar to her animated counterpart, wearing the yellow gown, though lacking the gloves. Dan Stevens' Beast is also dressed in similar attire as his predecessor, but one can't help but look more closely at him to see how closely he matches up to the original Disney Beast. Overall he looks decent, although that face will definitely take some getting used to. The production also did a good job recreating the ballroom, where the two characters danced as "Tale as Old as Time" played. We'll have to wait until the actual movie comes out to see how this scene fully unfolds (unless another trailer provides a glimpse), but for now, these versions of Belle and Beast look impressive.
Like the live action versions of Cinderella and The Jungle Book before it, Beauty and the Beast will directly re-explore the animated tale that came out decades before, albeit with a few changes here and there. The first teaser trailer showed the main setting of the movie, Beast's castle (including the rose responsible for cursing all of its denizens), but aside from Emma Watson's obscured Belle, the only characters who "present" were Lumiere and Cogsworth, who could be heard arguing with one another. Now that this picture of Belle and Beast has been released, we can expect the proverbial floodgates to open on more images and previews.
Following the same plot as its 1991 animated namesake, Beauty and the Beast will tell the story of Belle, a young woman who is taken prisoner by Beast in his castle, but over time, the two of them fall in love. Along with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the cast includes Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Josh Gad as LeFou.
Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17, 2017. Don't forget to let us know what you think of how Emma Watson and Dan Stevens look as the main characters in the comments below.