After the musical “Disney on Broadway” After the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie starring Emma Watson, Beauty in question is coming back soon, but this time for ABC’s live-action show later this year.
While Disney has remained silent on the casting of this musical production, which was announced in early July and is titled Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration, we now know who will play the coveted lead role. According to Deadline, Grammy and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter HER will portray the beloved princess.
The R&B star spoke about this topic and did not hide his enthusiasm.
I can’t believe I’ll be a part of the Beauty and the Beast legacy. The world will see a beautiful black Filipina! I’ve always wanted to be a Disney princess and I’m working with two wonderful directors: Hamish Hamilton and my beloved John M. with Chu. It’s so surreal and I couldn’t be more grateful.
This will indeed be the first time that an Afro-Filipino woman will play the role of Belle on screen. John M. Chu also spoke on this topic. “With her obvious extraordinary talent and stage presence, HER is the perfect embodiment of our Belle and we’re excited for audiences to see her in this celebration of creativity.“
The singer also shared the news on her Instagram account, dancing on the streets of Nice to the original music of the animated film. “I’m training to be a Disney princess in Nice. You’re watching the Black and Filipina Belle premiere of ABC’s Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration. I always wanted to be a Disney princess– he wrote along with an emotional emoji.
In just 4 years, HER has earned no less than 20 Grammy Award nominations, including 4 wins, as well as an Oscar for the song Fight For You from the biopic Judas and the Black Messiah. Next year, he will make his acting debut in the Warner Bros. adaptation. Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Color Purple.
Produced by Jon M. Chu and directed by Hamish Hamilton, Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration will mix animation and live action. The program features new musical performances that pay homage to the timeless tale, as well as new sets and costumes inspired by the classic story.
“Both of us, as storytellers, were influenced by the original animated film, so it’s exciting to collaborate together to honor the artistry of this timeless classic while inspiring a whole new generation of creators.“
Beauty and the Beast celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. – the original – As the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. It eventually won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and the soundtrack and theme song both won Oscars in 1992.
Presented by The Wonderful World of Disney, this 2-hour retelling of the tale will be recorded and broadcast in front of a live audience at Disney Studios. – also live – on ABC on December 15, 2022. The show will be available the following day on Disney+.
In the meantime, you can rewatch the original animated film as well as its live-action remake, both available on Disney+.