Kristen Stewart was one of the early considerations for the role of Belle.
Ewan McGregor performed Lumiere's dances in motion-capture. However, he was embarrassed at wearing the motion-capture suit and couldn't dance properly unless he was completely alone with the filming crew.
The Beast was originally going to be created by having Dan Stevens in prosthetic makeup designed and created by husband and wife team Dave & Lou Elsey. During the post production process, a change was made to recreate the Beast face with CG animation, altering the look of the Beast. The final Beast that will be seen in the film will be Dan Stevens in the full body suit created by the Elseys but with a digital face, despite director Bill Condon's wish to have the Beast be a completely practical makeup creation.
Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, and Emma Watson all share the birthday of April 15th
Not counting the "Harry Potter" sequels, this is the second film Emma Watson stays in an enchanted castle after Hogwart's.
This is the second Disney film to star Josh Gad. He played Olaf the Snowman in Frozen (2013) but unlike Frozen (2013) is a villain in this film instead of a supporting character.
In the 1991 animated feature voice actor Jesse Corti who voiced LeFou in the original film is in Frozen (2013) in which the actor Josh Gad who plays LeFou in the live action reboot voices Olaf in Frozen (2013).
This is the third Disney film for Kevin Kline (Maurice); he had previously voiced Phoebus in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and its sequel. In fact, the Disney adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) was directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, both of whom also directed the original Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991).
Dan Stevens (Beast) worked with director Bill Condon once before on The Fifth Estate (2013). Ian McKellen and Bill Condon previously worked together on Gods and Monsters (1998) and Mr. Holmes (2015).
Some early sources suggest that British actor Simon Pegg was briefly considered for the role of Lumiere; however nothing came about it.
In an interview with CinemaBlend on May 11, 2016, actor Josh Gad promises that the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast (2017) will be something special: "I think that (what) the creative team has so brilliantly done is they've embraced it so fully that the scale and scope of those numbers is unlike anything modern Hollywood really gets a chance to do anymore. You're going to see songs come to life in Technicolor magic, in a way that I think like big studio films, once upon a time, used to do, but have sort of not done for a long period of time and I think it's going to be really amazing thing for audiences to see again."
Dan Stevens (the Beast) and Sir Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) have previously starred in X-Men features: Stevens plays Charles Xavier's son David Haller in Legion (2017), while McKellen played Xavier's friend/rival Magneto in the X-Men films.
The song 'Gaston' has new lyrics that were written by the late Howard Ashman but never made to the final cut of the 1991 film. As a result the song is slightly longer and is more 'mature themed'.
According to Ewan McGregor, the hardest part about playing Lumiere was getting the character's French accent right, although his wife of 20 years is in fact French. He said his voice ending up sounding Mexican instead of French.
Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, and Stanley Tucci have provided voice work in The Tale of Despereaux (2008).
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