Even though Beauty and the Beast isn’t set to hit theaters until next spring, the highly anticipated film has given fans plenty of teasers this past week. From first-looks at Cogworth and Lumiere to The Prince/The Beast, Disney fans have been going wild over the project’s hints. And, now, yet another teaser has hit the Internet, giving fans a sneak-peek at Luke Evan’s Gaston.
Jack Morrisey, the film’s co-producer, took to Facebook and uploaded a still from an upcoming feature exclusive to Beauty and the Beast’s 25th Anniversary Blu-ray roll out. The picture shows what appears to be a massive reading-slash-rehearsal for the film as actors such as Ian McKellen, Hattie Morahan, Kevin Kline, and Dan Stevens can be spotted. But the photo’s main attraction comes through Luke Evans as he can be seen singing and dancing to the fan-favorite track, “Gaston.” While the woman he’s partnered with isn’t named, fans are speculating the actress is playing one of the three women who famously fawn over Gaston’s manly physique in Disney’s animated film.
And, what’s more, Morrisey teases there’s a few surprises lingering in the photo’s background. Several concept art canvases can be seen behind Evans which show-off classic characters such as Sultan/Footstool, Madame de La Grande Bouche/Wardrobe, Chip, and Mrs. Potts.
The surely magical event is already getting fans more excited for Beauty and the Beast than ever before. Morrisey’s update also directs and to a Facebook post published by Ian McKellen after he attended the project’s first read-through. Describing the session, the legendary actor wrote, “Today Beauty and her Beast (Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) read with their supporting cast: and a happy reunion it was for me, next to Mr. Holmes' "Lady in Grey" (Hattie Morahan) along from Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) and Kevin Kline, who I haven’t seen since we received our Tony Awards together in 1981. The cast were seated 'round four long trestle tables placed in a square. In the middle on their own little stage there was a large clock and a feather duster and a candelabra, who all remained static throughout the morning. Elsewhere, everything and everyone was alive and even kicking, high-kicking too. Bill Condon had decided to put on a show and I’ve never seen or heard anything like it.”
And, when tasked with describing his favorite moment of the day, McKellen said he felt “weepy” when The Beast (Dan Stevens) lovingly placed his arm over Belle’s (Emma Watson) shoulder following their pas de deux.
With its star-studded cast, Beauty and the Beast is looking like it’ll soon becoming Disney’s most acclaimed live-action adaptation. The film will follow other adaptations like Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. And, to make things even better, the upcoming film will also house a few new, exclusive tracks composed by Alan Menken.
Beauty and the Beast will hit theaters on March 17th 2017.