Beauty and the Beast‘s live action remake is easily one of my most anticipated movies of 2017.
Will it surpass the 1991 animation classic? Probably not. Do I care? Nope. I want my two hours of costumes and Gothic architecture and romance, dammit. I will forgive a lot so long as it lives up even the slightest to the movie in my head.
Let’s talk about the music.
Awhile back, Alan Menken (who wrote like half of the songs of your childhood) said that the film will have new songs and new recordings. We’ve heard some of Emma Watson’s singing.
(My opinion? I like it. She doesn’t have a perfect voice, but I tend to prefer imperfect ones more. It makes the whole story feel a bit more grounded.)
Watson won’t be the only one singing in the film. We’ll be hearing from the whole cast from Dan Stevens to Sir Ian to Emma Thompson. To other musical celebrities.
Usually, as most know, Disney tends to have a music star (or stars) take on one of the songs for the soundtrack. In the original soundtrack for Beauty and the Beast, it was Celine Deion and Peabo Bryson.
Who will cover it in 2017? According to Entertainment Weekly, the honor goes to John Legend and Ariana Grande. The cover will be on the soundtrack and featured in the film. And by “featured in the film”, I hope it means that they’re playing it over the credits. I am praying that Emma Thompson gets the ballad that Angela Lansbury brought to such sweet life.
There’s also going to be a music video of the cover featuring the two singers. (Will it be as amusing/cringe-inducing as Legend as the Rat King in Target’s “The Toycracker”? I have no idea. Prepare yourselves either way.)
The soundtrack for Beauty and the Beast will be out March 10th. The film will hit theatres March 17th.