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In 2017 princesses are still creating a buzz!

In an upbeat start to the year, Disney has announced release dates for the new Beauty and the Beast film, directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens: March 17th in the UK, USA and Canada, March 22nd in France.

The well-loved story and characters from Disney’s classic animated film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST have been brought to life in this breathtaking live-action version of one of the most beautiful tales ever told. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tells how Belle, a girl who is as independent as she is brilliant, is held prisoner by the hideous Beast in his castle, and how she transforms this into an incredible outcome. Braving her fears, she befriends the servants who have been turned into enchanted household objects by a spell. She gradually discovers that beneath the Beast’s physical appearance there hides a true prince with a pure heart…

The film’s credits reveal an impressive cast list: Emma Watson stars as Belle opposite Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans plays Gaston, the handsome but arrogant hunter and Belle’s suitor; Kevin Kline plays Belle’s father, Maurice; Josh Gad plays Le Fou, Gaston’s bumbling and long-suffering sidekick; we can also enjoy Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candlestick; Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Audra McDonald as the wardrobe, Madame de Garderobe; Hattie Morahan as the Enchantress; Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the clock and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, the teapot.

The first short episode of Disney’s new spin-off series, Frozen: Magic of the Northern Lights has already been broadcast on the Disney Channel and YouTube Disney. Now the French version, La Reine des Neiges : Magie des Aurores Boréales, is available on Disney.fr.