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Christophe Gans' Beauty and the Beast Is the Most Beautiful Thing We've Seen In Ages

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Christophe Gans’ version of the fairy tale, starring Vincent Cassel (Jason Bourne) and Léa Seydoux (Spectre) is coming to the United States this fall. And with this trailer, it’s officially the best-looking of any of the recent cinematic attempts to do these fairy tales justice.


Seriously, everything in this trailer is rich and the whole thing feels weirdly dreamlike. There is a lot packed into these two minutes, including the parts of Belle taking the place of her father and her deal with the Beast. But there also seems to be flashbacks to the Beast’s old life, something going on with Belle’s family of a ruined father and many siblings, and what looks like a bit of Jack and the Beanstalk thrown in for good measure.

Beauty and the Beast (or, with the original French title, La Belle et la Bête) will open in select cities on September 23, 2016.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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I got Vincent Cassel confused with Max Casella (Vinnie from Doogie Howser and voice of Daxter from Jak and Daxter) and now I am a little disappointed to find out I was wrong.