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HER to star in ABC’s Beauty and the Beast special

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story as old as weather 30 years by deadlineABC is giving Disney Beauty and the Beast an anniversary special that is part animation, part live action. HER is set to play Belle in the two-hour special. Joining her in the live action antics will be Martin Short as Lumière, David Alan Grier as Cogsworth, and Shania Twain as Mrs. Potts. Like the hybrid production of the little mermaid live (you know, the one that gave us a truly terrifying version of Flounder in 2019), the special will include scenes from the original 1991 film along with new performances. Hopefully, there will be less of the cursed puppets involved this time. However, given that this movie has a musical number of singing and dancing inanimate objects, that hope seems foolhardy at best. On the other hand, there was a Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical in which the producers of this special can be inspired. The little Mermaid just had a (now cancelled) show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration will be produced by Jon M. Chu (crazy rich asians, in the heights) and directed by Super Bowl halftime show director Hamish Hamilton. “I can’t believe I’m going to get to be a part of the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ legacy,” HER said on Variety. “The world will see a beautiful black and Filipina! I’ve always wanted to be a Disney princess and I work with two wonderful directors, Hamish Hamilton, and my favorite, Jon M. Chu. He is very surreal and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Josh Groban has signed on to play the Beast, as well as the Beast’s historically less attractive counterpart. Joshua Henry wants to play the demonic muscular daddy Gaston. The special is scheduled to air on ABC on Thursday, December 15 at 8 pm ET. It will stream on Disney+ the next day…supposedly. Hey, we haven’t forgotten how quickly Disney+ canceled that. Beauty and the Beast prequel series.

This story has been updated at all times.

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