There’s a lot riding on Disney’s live-action remake of its hit animated feature Beauty And The Beast.
After all, the original 1991 production is a highly successful film that is much loved by almost anyone born in the mid 1970s, and every other following decade. So any attempt at re-creating the magic of the original movie will be closely scrutinised by fans.
So far, the company has done OK with the film – set to premiere in March 2017 – although some fans were a little sceptical of the casting of Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens as Beast. Thankfully, as the first full Beauty And The Beast trailer (released Nov 14) shows, Stevens is a perfect fit for the role.
Also featured in the trailer are Gaston (Luke Evans), LeFou (Josh Gad), Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Mrs Potts (Emma Thompson), Maurice (Kevin Kline) and Chip (Nathan Mack). Apart from Maurice and Chip, these other characters all have notable singing parts in Beauty And The Beast, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the new flick.
In an article published in Entertainment Weekly, songwriter Alan Menken – famous for writing more than a handful of Disney’s iconic songs with lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice – revealed that the new film will introduce three new songs.
For Evermore is a track sung by Beast when he realises that he is actually in love with Belle. Our Song Lives On is a track by Belle and Maurice that’s repeated a few times in the movie; it will also be used in the end credits but Disney has yet to reveal the singer for that. It probably won’t be Celine Dion.
The third track looks to be the most interesting as it involves many of the objects in the castle and Belle. Menken said that Days In The Sun shows the objects reminiscing the time before they were cast under a spell, and Belle before she was “captured”.
While we have no idea what the new songs will sound like, we do know the melody and (ahem) lyrics to our favourite tracks from Beauty And The Beast. Here are five of them.
1. Something There
Sung by Belle and Beast, with Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts and Chip er, chipping in, Something There is a pivotal track in the movie as it shows viewers the two main characters’ budding romance. More than that, it will also show us whether or not Watson and Stevens share any on-screen spark…
Easily the most fun song in the movie, sung by the egoistical Gaston with his sidekick LeFou chiming in ever so often. Evans is a talented singer so we know he can do this track perfectly. Gad, of course, played Olaf the talking, singing snowman in Frozen. What a wonderful pair they will be.
3. Beauty And The Beast
We’re not talking about the theme track but rather when Mrs Potts sang it. It had a different feel from the Beauty And The Beast we’re more familiar with aka the winning Celine Dion/Peabo Bryson duet, but we loved it all the same. We do wonder why Angela Lansbury didn’t reprise her role in the film, but Emma Thompson is a good substitute.
Pretty much the first track of the film, and sung by Belle, too. The original actress, Paige O’Hara, started her career as a Broadway actress before starring in the film. Will Watson – who has never sung professionally – be able to pull this off all by herself? Let’s hope so!
5. Be Our Guest
This is Lumiere the French candelabra’s big, fun and catchy cabaret song. It will be sung McGregor in the new film, with some of the other actors chipping in as backing vocals. McGregor seems to sing a lot not just in films but also in interviews, talk shows and a David Bowie tribute concert. Guess it’s good he has that much confidence in himself.