Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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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, and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films.[5] The film is based on Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's eighteenth-century fairy tale.[6] The film features an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the titular characters with Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nathan Mack, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson in supporting roles.[7]

Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England on May 18, 2015, and ended on August 21. Beauty and the Beast premiered on February 23, 2017, at Spencer House in London and was released in the United States on March 17, 2017, in the standard, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D formats along with Dolby Cinema.[8] The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences, with many praising Watson's performance and has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 10th highest-grossing film of all time

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Cast[edit]

Emma Watson as Belle – a beautiful and young bibliophile from the village of Villeneuve who develops feelings for the Beast and begins to see the humanity within him.

Daisy Duczmal portrays an infant Belle.

Dan Stevens as The Prince / Beast – a cold-hearted prince who is transformed into a hideous beast and forced to earn back his humanity by learning to truly love and be loved in return.[9][10]

Rudi Goodman portrays the Prince as a child whilst Adam Mitchell provides his singing voice.

Luke Evans as Gaston – a narcissistic and arrogant war veteran and hunter who is obsessed with Belle and willing to go as far as it takes to have her as his trophy wife.
Kevin Kline as Maurice – Belle's eccentric and overprotective widowed father.[11]

Jolyon Coy portrays the young Maurice.

Josh Gad as LeFou – Gaston's flamboyant and long-suffering sidekick who bolsters his friend's ego but gets very little in return.[12]
Ewan McGregor as Lumière – the Beast's charismatic bouteiller who has been transformed into a candelabra.[13]
Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza – the neurotic court composer and Madame de Garderobe's husband who has been transformed into a harpsichord.[14]
Ian McKellen as Cogsworth – the Beast's gruff but loyal majordomo and the head of the household staff who has been transformed into a mantel clock.[15]
Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts – the castle's motherly head housekeeper who has been transformed into a teapot.[11]
Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe – a world-renowned opera singer and Cadenza's wife who has been transformed into a wardrobe.[16]
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette – one of the castle maids and Lumière's lover who has been transformed into a feather duster.[17]
Nathan Mack as Chip – Mrs. Potts' plucky son who has been transformed into a teacup.[18]
Hattie Morahan as Agathe – an impoverished hermit and resident of Villeneuve who, in reality, is the Enchantress responsible for cursing the Prince.[19] Morahan also narrates the prologue.

Rita Davies appears as the Enchantress' old beggar woman form at the beginning of the film.

Adrian Schiller as Monsieur D'Arque – the warden of the local asylum who is bribed by Gaston to have Maurice institutionalized.[19]
Gerard Horan as Monsieur Jean Potts – an absent-minded potter and resident of Villeneuve who is later revealed to be Mrs. Potts' husband and Chip's father.
Haydn Gwynne as Clothilde - a resident of Villeneuve who is later revealed to be Cogsworth's wife.
Michael Jibson as the Tavern Keeper - the owner and keeper of Villeneuve's local tavern where Gaston and the village residents drink.
Ray Fearon as Père Robert – Villeneuve's local chaplain who encourages Belle to borrow the books in the chapel's meager library.
Sophie Reid, Rafaëlle Cohen, and Carla Nella as the Bimbettes – a trio of women who fawn over Gaston.
Jimmy Johnston, Dean Street, and Alexis Loizon as Tom, Dick, and Stanley – a trio of men who serve as Gaston's henchmen.
Zoe Rainey as Belle's mother – Maurice's late wife, who contracted the plague and died when Belle was an infant.
Clive Rowe as Cuisinier – the castle's head chef who has been transformed into a stove.
Thomas Padden as Chapeau – the Prince's valet who has been transformed into a coat rack.
Henry Garrett as The King – The Prince's father who, following his wife's death, raised his son to be just as selfish and arrogant as he was.
Harriet Jones as The Queen – The Prince's mother who died of an illness when he was a child.