Beauty and the Beast Trailer Adds Cracks to Glass Ceiling

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It may not get the first woman elected, but just in time to distract us from the beast who was: Disney just released the first full-length trailer for the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast.

The remake promises to continue Disney’s pivot towards a younger, more progressive generation, following on the heels of Frozen and Zootopia.  

The self-described feminist and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, plays the selfless bookworm, Belle.

In a statement posted along with the new trailer, Disney describes the remake as an update on “the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience.”

If there were any doubts as to what an update entails beyond CGI and new merchandise, Disney’s statement emphasizes the strength and individuality of the yellow-skirted Disney Princess. Belle, “a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman,” overcomes her fear to “look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.”

In addition to the original music, the movie includes “several new songs” written and produced by Alan Menken, the composer from the 1991 animated version.

Earlier this month, Emma Watson posted on Instagram that she was hiding feminist books around the London subway as a part of her book club, Our Shared Self. Whether or not the stunt was designed to promote the movie, the effort behind the casting and rebranding bodes well for the movie itself.

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