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'Beauty and the Beast' trailer lands, with Emma Watson and teases for fans

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Joel Meares
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Oh Disney, you big tease you.

Today the Mouse House dropped the first teaser trailer for its upcoming live-action (and musical!) adaptation of its 1991 Oscar-nominated animated classic, Beauty and the Beast

For fans of the original, it's a treat—and a sign that director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) isn't going to stray too far from the source material. Seriously, squint for a second and this could be the original. 

We begin with a castle that looks very much like the one from which five-dozen-egg-eating Gaston takes his fateful plunge (whoops, spoiler), all as that familiar tinkle of the piano keys play, and end with Belle (Watson) entering the dreaded west wing and discovering the rose.

Along the way we get flickering hints of Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellan) and...the Beast (Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens)! 

And then, as the title appears, the first notes of the famous theme song. Mrs. Potts, incidentally, will be played by Emma Thompson, but we're praying for a Lansbury vocal cameo when the big yellow dress comes out for a dance.

The tag line is, of course, "Be our guest."

Beauty and the Beast is set to hit theaters March 17, 2017. 


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