The video preview taking viewers through the Beast's deserted castle also features a brief glimpse of Emma Watson's Belle.
Mbatha-Raw has previously appeared in Beyond the Lights and Jupiter Ascending. In the original animated Beauty and the Beast, a female feather duster named Babette is the love interest of Lumiére, the French candlestick, a role not yet cast for this new version of the film.
Schedule for release on March 17, 2017, this new Beauty and the Beast is just one of the many Disney classic being adapted. On April 8, a live-actionPinocchio was announced.