Besides being a huge box-office success, the animated adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's fairy tale also became the first animated feature to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (back when the category only had five nominees, and the Best Animated Feature award didn't exist). What kind of guy would Emma Watson's Belle fall in love with?
According to Dan Stevens, who plays the Beast, he was captivated by co-star Emma Watson's speech at the United Nations in 2014, where she called for men and boys to join the drive for women's equality. "Beauty and the Beast" is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, attractive and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle.
It turns out that the Beast was an arrogant prince cursed to take on a ugly form by an enchantress, and to remain that way unless he can get someone to fall in love with him. "And don't forget to see Beauty and the Beast, this March in cinemas near you", she says in the video.
No word on release dates for these sets, but you can hit the next slide to see the new collectibles up close. "Not shoehorning anything but just realising how much of what we both believe about the gender spectrum and those masculine and feminine energies are at play in this fairytale".
Last week, director Bill Condon said that the film will feature Disney's first "exclusively gay moment". If Beauty and the Beast does beat Civil War's figures, it will break March's all-time opening record, which is now held by Warner Bros.' Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166M).