Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast drops next March, but so far we’ve only been teased with hints of wonder to come. Today, however, seems to have kickstarted what promises to be an exciting few months of first looks and behind-the-scenes peeks of the film.
One of the movie’s producers, Jack Morrissey, took to Facebook today to reveal two very exciting photos: a still of b-roll footage from the “Gaston” musical number, and concept art depicting Lumière and Cogsworth.
In the still below, we get our very first glimpse of Luke Evans’ Gaston in the midst of his infamous song, though we’ll have to wait to see a shot of him from the front. His costume certainly looks similar—though much more intricate—to his animated counterpart and his hair is spot-on. Looking equally the part behind him is Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s minion. Given that Alan Menken scored new material for the film, it’s nice to know that some of these classic songs made the cut. How could they not?
The second photo reveals concept art of the characters Lumière and Cogsworth. While Morrissey is quick to caution that the piece is just a design, he does mention that it’s close to the final look of the rivalrous pair. We definitely hope this concept is close to the end product, because the two look as elegant and wonderfully expressive as a candelabra and pendulum clock possibly could. It’s very easy to imagine Ewan McGregor and Ian McKelle inhabiting these roles (indeed, you can hear them in the teaser trailer here).
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017. Directed by Bill Condon, the movie also stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Stanley Tucci as an original character named Cadenza.