New Beauty and the Beast photos

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Emma Watson as Belle

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Emma Watson as Belle

Nine new images from Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast have been released, including one showing Emma Watson in Belle’s iconic yellow gown.

Beauty and the Beast is one of the most highly anticipated Disney adaptations, with a stellar cast and some unforgettable songs. The film features on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, showing the first image of the titular characters engaged in the iconic dance from the classic animated film.

This is the latest of the Disney live-action adaptations of films from their animated canon with the more recent releases being The Jungle Book, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Pete’s Dragon, and Cinderella. More are in the works including a sequel to Mary Poppins and live-action versions of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Mulan.

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Emma Watson stars as Belle and Kevin Kline is Maurice, Belle's father.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Emma Watson stars as Belle and Kevin Kline is Maurice, Belle’s father.

Emma Watson (who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series) was a big fan of the original film, expressing her excitement about the role to EW:

“I can’t even think how many times I watched it as a child…. I knew all the words by heart. I knew all the songs by heart.”

Some of these songs include “Beauty and the Beast” (of course), “Belle”, “Be Our Guest”, “Something There,” and “Gaston.” The live-action film will also feature some new songs, written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Gaston (Luke Evans).

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Gaston (Luke Evans).

As previously reported, Beauty and the Beast stars Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast, Kevin Kline (The Road to El Dorado) as Maurice, Luke Evans (The Hobbit) as Gaston, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Lefou, and features the voices of Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men) as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) as Lumiere, Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha Raw (Belle) as Plumette.

The photos show some of these characters in full costume (all designed by Jacqueline Durran).

Check out the full gallery of photos HERE.

Beauty and the Beast will be released on March 17, 2017.