Entertainment Weekly gave fans a first look Wednesday when it unveiled the cover of its newest issue, featuring Watson in Belle's signature yellow gown and Stevens as Beast. Missing, however, are Belle's gloves. The image shows the inevitable couple in the ballroom, dancing the night away before drama ensues. Watson stuns as Belle, and an unrecognizable Stevens has been given the animated character's horns and regal ensemble. His hairy legs and long hair are also on display.
"We tested a lot of yellows. It was just trying to work out the tone," costume designer Jacqueline Durran tells EW. "It's still made of silk, but it has a satin finish, so it's less transparent than other organza."
"There is a cage under some parts of [the skirt]," Durran says. "But mainly it's layers of organza that just give it a lift, for it to have lightness."
Durran explains that they wanted to fit Belle in a dress that wouldn't be restrictive. "For Emma, it was important that the dress was light and that it had a lot of movement," Durran adds. "In Emma's reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way."
In fact, her entire wardrobe will be more modern and realistic than animated Belle's. "My Belle is very practical," Watson explains. "In the movie she wears these little ballet shoes, and I knew they had to go. If you're going to ride your horse and tend your garden and fix machinery, then you need to be in proper boots."
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Famous composers Alan Menken and Tom Rice also wrote new music for the remake, including a new song called "For Evermore."
Another picture revealed Lumiere (voiced by Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (voiced by Ian McKellen). The intricacies of their designs show that no detail was left out in recreating these beloved characters.
The film features several other stars, including Kevin Kline as Maurice, Adrian Schiller as Monsieur D'Arque, Hattie Morahan as Agathe the Enchantress, Henry Garrett as the King and Harriet Jones as the Queen. It also boasts an impressive voice cast, too, with Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Wardrobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Babette and Nathan Mack as Chip Potts.