Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline join Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Emma Thompson, winner of the Richard Harris Award poses at an after party for the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
TODAY -- Pictured: Kevin Kline appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Keira Knightley (L) and Emma Thompson attend an after party celebrating The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Kevin Kline arrives at 'The Last Of Robin Hood' premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Isabel Bader Theatre on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Peter Bregg/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Emma Thompson attends the launch of The Estee Lauder Companies' UK Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign 2014 'Hear Our Stories. Share Yours' at Kensington Palace on October 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Estee Lauder)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 28: Kevin Kline receives the Career Achievement Award at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Chicago International Film Festival at the Four Seasons Hotel on June 28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Actress Emma Thompson attends the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Actress Emma Thompson signs copies of 'The Spectacular Tale Of Peter Rabbit'at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on October 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Kevin Kline attends Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Emma Thompson attends a photocall for BAFTA's Screenwriter Lecture series at BFI Southbank on September 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Actor Kevin Kline attends the Los Angeles premiere of 'Darling Companion' at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on April 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Emma Thompson attends the UK premiere of 'Walking On Sunshine' at The Vue West End on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Actor Kevin Kline attends Meet the Filmmakers: Kevin Kline and Lawrence Kasdan at Apple Store Soho on April 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
British actress Emma Thompson (L) with daughter Gaia Wise (R) arriving on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Emma Thompson poses in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Actor Kevin Kline attends the 'My Old Lady' New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Emma Thompson poses in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Disney will release Beauty and the Beast in 3D on March 17, 2017. The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice.

Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the film, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice. Bill Condon will direct from a script by Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London.

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