Beauty and the Beast- New Images Give Us Our First Look at the Full Cast

Beauty and the Beast is a movie I've been surprisingly excited for. Out of all of Disney's upcoming live action renditions of their animated films, I think Beauty and the Beast has the most potential and the most need for a live action telling. There is so much you can do with the story in a live action setting, in terms of bringing all of the household items to life. But aside from a very brief trailer, we have seen nothing from this movie. The trailer only consisted of random shots of the mansion that the Beast (Dan Stevens) occupies, and didn't really give us a look at any of the characters. The only true look we've had of the film has been a released image of the design of Lumiere (Ewan McGreggor) and Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), which you can see here. Since then, I have been waiting to get a better look at this film. Like I said, it has a lot of promise, and I am very interested to see what direction they take the project. And with the movie coming out in March, it has seemed kind of odd that, for the big production that it is, that we haven't seen a lot of marketing for it as of yet. But now that seems to have changed.

Entertainment Weekly has released a whole batch of images from their upcoming issue, which gives fans their first real look at Beauty and the Beast. You can view the images for yourself below:

Cover featuring the Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson)

Le Fou (Josh Gad) and Gaston (Luke Evans)

Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) and Lumiere (Ewan McGreggor)

The Beast (Stevens) and Belle (Watson)

Belle (Watson)

Maurice (Kevin Kline) and Belle (Watson)

Gaston (Evans)

Belle (Watson)

Belle and director Bill Condon

I love these images. It feels like it's right out of the animated film, and that's a great thing to see. They've definitely captured the magic of the film. Emma Watson and Luke Evans look great, and I'm very excited to see them in action. With the Cogsworth and Lumiere image, we see that they have redesigned Lumiere from the original image released, and I think it's for the best. Before, you couldn't see any anthropomorphic characteristics on the candlestick at all. But now, he looks a lot more human, and I think that will fare better for the film. Of course, the big takeaway is the reveal of the Beast, which we hadn't seen before at all. I'm mixed on it. I like his facial design a lot. The horns and the mane are fantastically adapted and improved upon. I do like the second image they have of him, more so than the cover photo. He looks a lot more wild and potentially menacing, which is how you would want him to look. In the cover photo, however, you can see the unique shape of his legs, and I don't necessarily like it. It's little too much for me. Perhaps it will look better when it's in motion, but as of right now I'm not a huge fan of the legs. The CGI also doesn't look entirely fully rendered, but they have plenty of time to fix that. Overall, I think these images show that this project is mostly headed in the right direction, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the film.

What do you think? Do you like these images from Beauty and the Beast? Are you looking forward to seeing the film? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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