We already knew Emma Watson was stunning as Belle, but now we know what to expect from the rest of the cast, CGI and otherwise. March of next year is coming quick, and with it comes the next of many live-action remakes Disney is producing of their classic animated features. This week, Entertainment Weekly released nine exclusive shots from Beauty and the Beast, giving us a look at the entire cast of characters in costume. We finally know what a talking teapot would look like in real life, is what we’re saying.
Just about everyone’s represented. We get Emma Watson in both Belle’s yellow gown and her more humble blue and white dress. Kevin Kline looks like a much wiser Maurice, and is showing an extremely strong beard and mustache game. Luke Evans does Gaston on top of a table at the beer hall and has clearly perfected his smug while on horseback look.
But, it’s the CGI parts that really caught our attention. We were worried about how easy it would be for a CGI Beast to clash with the rest of the movie, but the design looks pretty restrained (well, besides the horns). Admittedly, we were pulling for practical effects, but as long as it’s still Dan Stevens providing the facial expressions and gestures (and not just the voice), with the digital makeover done later, all could work out pretty well. Whatever the case, it looks like his wardrobe is going to be a little more varied than it was in the original.
Meanwhile, Cogsworth more or less looks like what we would have thought. Lumière looks kind of like a candlestick version of a Nutcracker, in a much more human-seeming take than the original. Mrs. Potts is going to take some getting used to — the painted-on face can’t help but be less endearing — while the most radical change went to Plumette, who is now half feather duster, half bird.
But, make no mistake — we’re still all in on this. Characters aside, the sets, costumes, and props look incredible. They’re not trying to be real-life replicas of what we saw in the animated feature, which we’re totally cool with. It looks so far like this has been a labor of love — for the tale as old as time, could it be any other way?