BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Character Posters January 27, 2017 Get a closer look at each of the central characters in new posters for the live-action adaptation, hitting Irish cinemas March 17th. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the journey of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (played by Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film co-stars: Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Irish release date is March 17, 2017.