Live-action remakes are everywhere you look at the cinemas these days. And when Disney made a small fortune to bring back The Jungle Book and Maleficent to life, it was just a matter of time before a production like Beauty and the Beast would receive the same treatment. The romantic musical has included some big names including Harry Potter's own Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci and an unrecognizable Ewan McGregor.
Playing Lumiere the candelabra, the poster for the reboot was published as the Golden Globes was getting underway. It shows some familiar names if not the faces. McGregor is hard to make out in the outfit and mustache. Especially as he gets ready to transition from hanging out with Spud, Sick Boy and co for the January 27 sequel T2 Trainspotting to Beauty and the Beast which will be released March 17.
— Beauty and the Beast (@beourguest) January 8, 2017
Two Decades In Waiting For McGregor
21 years after the breakout that was Trainspotting, Danny Boyle decided to bring the band back together for the sequel. Accomplishing what looks to be a reunion between McGregor and some old friends. Yet Robert Carlyle (Begbie) admitted that the co-stars were slack in keeping in touch off screen and this provided a great excuse to become friends again.
"We drifted apart," admitted Carlyle. "Me and Ewan in particular, we lost touch completely. The four of us went for a meal before filming and sat there in shock. We said, ‘How does this happen? How does this much time go by without setting eyes on each other?’ And there was a real sadness, and a desire not to let it happen again.”
TV Spot Shows Off Watson's Voice
Seeing an opening with millions watching the awards ceremony at the Globes, Disney sent out a tv spot for the movie that was only 30 seconds in length but managed to show off the range Emma Watson has in her voice as the musical pushes the performers to their creative limits. In the lead role of Belle, 26-year old Watson will build on her work post the Harry Potter franchise that has seen her star in such productions as This Is The End, The Bling Ring and Noah alongside Russell Crowe.
Her co-stars have some background in mixing music with cinema, as McGregor featured in 2001's Moulin Rouge! while Tucci took part in 2010's Burlesque and Kline starred in 2004's De-Lovely. How they come together will be for the filmmakers to figure out, but the talent is clearly there.
— Beauty and the Beast (@beourguest) January 9, 2017