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MOVIES: Beauty and the Beast - First poster, synopsis & set photos

Given the amount of Beauty and the Beast fans out there, I figured they would be interested to know there's a feature film that will be released soon - February 12 in France, Belgium, Switzerland & Luxembourg, February 20 in Germany, and probably elsewhere in the world throughout the year.

This new version of the popular story stars Vincent Cassel (Ocean's 12 & 13, Eastern Promises, Black Swan, A Dangerous Method) and Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood, Midnight in Paris, Mission Impossible 4).

This is a film by Christophe Gans, director of Le pacte des loups (AKA Brotherhood of the Wolves, co-starring Cassel) and Silent Hill. Five-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty) is scoring the film.

La belle et la bête will be faithful to the original tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, published in 1757, in that it will be a metaphor about the end of aristocracy.

Other than the source material, Gans has declared to have drawn inspiration from the work of Hayao Miyazaki, and for his Beast he inspired himself from the Phantom of the Opera, Dracula and Phantom of the Paradise.

La belle et la bête cost €33 million ($45 million), making this the 10th most expensive French-language film ever made, and 17th most expensive non-English language film.

Synopsis :

1720. After a shipwreck, a ruined merchant has to exile into the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle, the youngest of his daughters, joyful and full of grace. During an harassing journey, the merchant discovers the magical domain of the Beast, who condemns him to death for stealing one of his roses. Feeling responsible for the terrible fate striking her family, Belle decides to sacrifice herself for her father. In the Beast's castle, it's not death that awaits Belle, but a strange life, where magic, elation and melancholia cohabit. Every night, at dinner time, Belle and the Beast meet. They learn about each other, as two strangers who couldn't be more different. Belle tries to uncover the mysteries of the Beast and his domain. At nighttime, dreams appear to her and let her know more about the Beast's past and his tragical story. This ferocious, lonely creature once was a majestic prince. Belle will try to free the Beast from his curse.

The poster above was revealed a couple of days ago. Until the trailer, here are a few pictures from the set :

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