Disney’s live action movie “Beauty and the Beast” is still months away, but the cast and crew are already busy drumming up excitement for the movie.
Lead star Emma Watson, who is all set to play Belle in the film, even shared a teaser photo of the film on her Twitter account. In the photo, she is all decked out in her iconic yellow dress and dancing with the Beast (Dan Stevens).
Watson earlier told Entertainment Weekly that Belle is going to have a new and interesting backstory in the movie. Little is known of Belle in the animated film save for the fact that she has a good heart and loves to read, so they decided to introduce a new aspect of her personality in the upcoming movie.
“In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle. I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books,” she explained. “Also what is she doing with her time? So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”
Her father Maurice, played by Kevin Kline, has smothered Belle with his love and attention since her mother died. He has created several music boxes for her so that she won’t feel the need to travel and live someplace else.
Katie Spencer, the film’s set decorator, said that Maurice “is making all these music boxes that have to tell the story of Belle not traveling.”
“She’s overprotected in a way, by her father, because she’s lost her mother. So, we’ve made all these music boxes that represent different countries of the world, so she can see what she’s missing,” Spencer added.
Meanwhile, Watson’s co-star Luke Evans, who plays the villain Gaston, also shared some photos from the set.
“Beauty and the Beast” will hit cinemas on March 17, 2017.