Dan Stevens (as The Beast) and Emma Watson in a scene from the movie Beauty and the Beast.
Dan Stevens (as The Beast) and Emma Watson in a scene from the movie Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast advance screening

DISNEY's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast in the upcoming cinema production of Beauty and the Beast.

A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love.

What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

Beauty and the Beast (originally called La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairytale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in La Jeune Américaine et les Contes Marins (The Young American and Marine Tales).

Her lengthy version was abridged, rewritten, and published first by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 and by Andrew Lang in the Blue Fairy Book of his Fairy Book series in 1889, to produce the version most commonly retold.

Some authors and experts have suggested that the story of Beauty and the Beast could be influenced by a true story: Petrus Gonsalvus was born in the sixteenth century on the island of Tenerife (Spain) and was brought to the court of King Henry II of France.

Petrus suffered hypertrichosis, causing an abnormal growth of hair on his face and other parts of his body.

In Paris, he was welcomed under the protection of the king and married a beautiful Parisian woman named Catherine.

Following the success of Dysney's 1991 animated film, the 2017 production stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

Ewan McGregor plays Lumiere, Ian McKellen is Cogsworth, Emma Thompson is Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline plays Maurice.

In this film, Bell is the inventor, instead of Maurice. Emma Watson wanted Belle to get her own backstory, about why she is treated differently by the other villagers.

Emma Watson and the production team joked Belle invented the washing machine, so Belle can do her other hobby, reading books, while the clothes are being washed.

  • At Ballina Fair Cinemas on Wednesday, March 22. $25. For details visit ballina.info/cinema

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