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Disney has been using a new business method for the past few years. Cashing in on the trend of nostalgia which seems to be dominating markets, The House of Mouse has been producing live action adaptations of classic Disney animated films. From Maleficent to Cinderella, and most recently The Jungle Book, families have been able to see their favorite Disney movie remade in live action. The next one of these installments is the highly anticipated Beauty and The Beast, starring Harry Potter alumnus Emma Watson as Belle. Footage and posters for the movie have been slowly released over the past few months, and a new poster featuring the full cast came out today. Check it out.
Pretty gorgeous, right? In order to properly advertise the impressive ensemble cast that Beauty and the Beast has assembled, this poster shows the Beast's various servants in their human forms. While the individual performances are going to be mostly voice acting the CGI objects, audiences are able to see the impressive cast and get hyped for the movie.
And then there's Ewan McGregor. The Star Wars and Moulin Rouge actor will be playing Lumiere the candelabra in Beauty and the Beast, which seems like pretty perfect casting. However, his human form is basically unrecognizable in the above poster. Try to pick him out, I dare you.
Nothing? Well that's because it basically doesn't look like Ewan McGregor at all. I mean, look at this guy.
This guy doesn't look like Obi-Wan like at all. And if you told me it was another actor entirely I'd believe you.
While Ewan McGregor seems like the perfect actor to play the suave french candelabra in Beauty and the Beast, he did struggle a bit to properly voice the role. McGregor previously revealed that he had a difficult time nailing Lumiere's accent, and he actually had to go back into the studio in order to rerecord his dialogue and vocal solos. And now it appears that someone else had a hard time putting Ewan McGregor into character, since he doesn't look like himself in the poster.
But with the exception of Ewan McGregor, the above poster for Beauty and the Beast is actually pretty gorgeous. Emma Watson is a vision in Belle's signature yellow dress. Her warmth is perfectly juxtaposed to Dan Stevens' Beast and his icy appearance. This poster also debuts some of the tertiary characters in the movie, like Audra McDonald's Garderobe. She six time Tony Award winner will be playing the loud operatic wardrobe that befriends Belle inside of her room. Additionally, we can see glimpses of Josh Gad's Le Fou and Ian McKellen's Cogsworth.
Beauty and the Beast, complete with Ewan McGregor, will fly into theaters on March 17th, 2017.