Disney has revealed that mainstream pop icons Ariana Grande and John Legend will be recording a track for the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake.
The duo will be tackling the song derived from the film’s title, an Oscar and Grammy-winning track originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. Here is an Instagram post featuring Ariana in the recording booth:
A photo posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jan 10, 2017 at 2:50pm PST
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“Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and Grammy Award-winning classic is not small potatoes,” said Ron Fair, who will produce the new track. “But with today’s two greatest plutonium singers – John Legend and Ariana Grande – we are bringing the song back with a new school-old school fresh treatment that shows the soulfulness and power of what a great melody and lyric can inspire.”
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast is directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and sees Emma Watson as Belle alongside Dan Stevens as Beast, while the cast also includes Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Luke Evans as Gaston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Le Fou and Audra McDonald as Garderobe. The film is set for release on March 17th, 2017.