Disney Studios announced a release date of March 17, 2017 for the project based on the 1991 animated classic. The announcement comes directly after Disney's live-action Cinderella was a box office hit.
Emma Watson will star as Belle and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens will star as the Beast/Prince. Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice.