Bonjour, bonjour, bonjour! Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, will soon be released, and longtime fans of the animated classic will get the full look at the re-imagined scenes from the 1991 film.
On Monday, February 20, the studio released its first extended look of Belle (Watson) singing arguably the most iconic tune in the entire film: her eponymous title “Belle.”
The clip opens with an inside look at the local provincial town. “There goes the baker with his tray, like always,” Watson sings. “The same old bread and rolls to sell…” The clock tower is timed to perfection as the film’s leading lady makes her grand debut and begins to walk along the adorable cobblestones lining the streets. Watson greets the locals, many of whom cannot understand her love of books.
“They don’t think women should read and it goes further than that,” Watson told Entertainment Weekly this week in a separate interview. “They are deeply suspicious of intelligence. Breaking the washing machine is symbolic of not just them breaking something she spent hours working on, but them really trying to break her spirit and trying to push her and mold her into a more ‘acceptable’ version of herself.”
“They see her as a threat,” director Bill Condon told EW. “It’s that thing that remains under the surface. But when there’s a real threat that unifies everybody, they start to look for other people who make them uncomfortable. That’s a pretty common pattern.”
Watson, who catapulted to fame starring as the bookish Hermione Granger in the film franchise of Harry Potter, revealed that she felt this was the role of her lifetime. “I was like, ‘I have to tell this story. Oh my god if I don’t do this, nothing else makes sense,’” she told EW. “[It] made me feel that I had something else to give and offer.”
Watch above. Beauty and the Beast is released on March 17.