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Disney reveals its Beast from the live action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie

Get ready to make like Gaston and “screw your courage to the sticking place,” because Disney has revealed the first-ever image of its “Beast” from the live action adaptation of the 1991 animated classic fairy tale, “Beauty and the Beast.” The look is certainly something that you don’t see every day.

The cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly featured both Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) and Emma Watson (“Harry Potter” series) in full costume, replete with Belle’s diaphanous yellow ballgown and Beast’s navy frock coat with gold embroidery in the arms of Stevens transformed into his beastly character via movie magic.

The issue had more magic inside, including a photo of a few of the animated inanimate objects that populate the Beast’s mansion.

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In one such snap, audiences can see the live-action film’s iterations of Cogsworth (Ian McKellan), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) and Babette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a few of the beloved characters from Disney’s animated version, in a much different fashion than they’ve ever been seen before. So different, in fact, that Babette the feather duster has now been transformed into a bird, which adds an odd twist to the courtship between the candlestick and the duster. Then again, it’s a flirtation between two anthropomorphic household goods from the Baroque period, so odd doesn’t even begin to describe the amount of Disney magic this movie is going to need to bring this tale as old as time to life. 

Fans can also glimpse a shot of Luke Evans’ boastful Gaston, clothed in vibrant red and standing atop a pub table. 

Other photos include a shot of a more casual Beast and Belle chilling in his library, as well as a solo shot of Watson in Belle’s golden gown. 

Fans can also look forward to new songs from Alan Menken and Tim Rice for the film, scheduled to premiere in theaters on March 17.

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