Beauty and the Beast Trailer Gives First Look of Emma Watson's Belle

Emma Watson as Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast
Emma Watson as Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast First Trailer Teases Emma Watson as Live-Action Belle

Inside the isolated castle on a snowy night, candles cast a warm glow over the ballroom, empty but for  memories. The big door creeks open.

“Look,” a voice says, “a girl!”

“I can see it’s a girl, you fool,” sniffs another voice.

“What if she is the one?”

Then comes a tentative female voice: “Hello?”

As a red rose spins into view, we know: Belle has arrived. And while we don’t see him, his presence looms. Somewhere is the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast Live Action-Trailer Drops Nearly a Year Before Film’s Release

High on atmosphere, low on identifying character details, the first trailer for the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” dropped Monday, nearly a year before it opens in March 2017, teasing audiences with a glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle, seen only from the nose up in dim lighting.

For the legions who’ve seen the 1991 animated feature (or Broadway show) knows, the music wafting over the trailer comes from Alan Menken’s classic score, promising that the new version will hold fast to its film and stage predecessors much as the new “The Jungle Book” did, and probably more so.

Directed by “Dreamgirls'” Bill Condon, “Beauty and the Beast” will be a musical and the furniture and knick-knacks will come to life. Those first voices in the trailer come Ewan McGregor’s candlestick Lumiere and Ian McKellen’s clock Cogsworth.

The film also stars Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette and Stanley Tucci as Cadenza,

Still to come: the big reveal of the Beast, played by Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey.”