Beauty and the Beast is an upcoming American romantic fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon and written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. A Walt Disney Pictures production, the film is a live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. In the film, Belle is taken prisoner by a fearsome Beast in his enchanted castle and learns to look beyond his appearance while evading a narcissistic hunter who seeks to take Belle for himself.
Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, on May 18, 2015, and ended on August 21. The film is to be released on March 17, 2017, in standard, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats.