Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of their 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast has brought a level of excitement that is unprecedented within all of the studio’s previous adaptations. Sure, films like Cinderella and The Jungle Book were both well-received critically on top of being financial successes, but there seems to be something about Beauty and the Beast that has sparked hype amongst audiences ever since that first teaser trailer was released.
Luke Evans, who portrays Gaston in the film definitely feels the excitement around the project. While promoting his latest film, The Girl on the Train, Evans expressed the overwhelming impact the film already has:
I remember when they released that teaser trailer earlier this year, and it brokes all the records. 91.8 million views in 24 hours, it beat Star Wars, Avengers and Captain America. I don’t think even Disney was ready for that to happen. Nobody was prepared to see those numbers. Which makes you realize to see how excited the world is for this film, and I think it’s going to deliver for all those people on so many levels including some new levels. Because of the new technology that we have and how epic the film is, it’s just fantastic.
When asked about working with director Bill Condon, Evans had nothing but praises to sing:
He’s perfect. You couldn’t have chosen a better person to helm this movie and take it to where it needed to go. What I love about Billy is that “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” And in a way, that’s what he’s done. he’s brought everything you want from the original to this film and some special moments that we can’t even talk about.
Beauty and the Beast is one of the greatest animated films of all-time, and undoubtedly one of the most iconic films in the Disney library. After 25 years, it remains a beloved classic that will be passed on from generation to generation, and given the studio’s track record of live-action adaptations, it looks like Bill Condon and company have something special up their sleeves.
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on March 17, 2017.