Beauty And The Beast Composer Alan Menken Praises Emma Watson’s Belle

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Beauty and the Beast is months away. It’s one of those rare films were it seems so very, very far away because of the excitement build around it.

In actuality, it’s just around the corner. Of course, March just feels like its farther away then it has any right to be.

I just want to see the full length trailer, please.

One of the best parts about the upcoming live action version of this classic tale is, naturally, the cast. It’s star-studded and drool worthy, but has gathered the best Belle imaginable for the role.

Seriously when I heard that Emma Watson was going to play my personal favorite Disney princess, I may have squealed.


After all, Watson played our other favorite badass bookworm Hermione Granger. So it makes logical sense for her to play Belle.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, composer Alan Menken seems just as thrilled by this casting as I am. Even more so, since he got to see Watson bring Belle to life.

He said: “She’s really good! I can’t picture anyone else, honestly. She’s Belle for me now entirely.”

Menken, along with his deceased partner Howard Ashman, did the original music and lyrics for the film. He would later go on to do the music for the Broadway play. Now he’s returned to Beauty and the Beast for a third time for the live action version.

He’s thrilled and loves the material he gets to work with.

He said: “It’s interesting and it’s challenging to come back to the same source material three times. And in this case I’m really taking my lead – I am bearer of the flame to a degree, but I want to be as good a team member with Bill Condon as I can be. So I’m really taking my lead from him as a director, and he’s doing a great job.”

Beauty and the Beast will be released March 2017.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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