Yes, that’s right. Ariana Grande and John Legend will be performing the timeless tune “Beauty and the Beast” for the upcoming live-action film. Grande teased about the track on her Instagram, using a wilting flower emoji in her caption – clearly a reference to the Enchanted Rose.
The enchanting ballad, written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, was originally recorded by Angela Lansbury in character as Mrs Potts, the role which will be performed by Emma Thompson in the 2017 remake. However, it was the recording by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson featured in the closing credits of the 1991 film that received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and GRAMMY Award.
The new rendition of the classic song will be produced by GRAMMY-winning veteran Ron Fair, whose music career spans 37 years as a major-label record company leader and accomplished producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director.
“Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and GRAMMY Award-winning classic is not small potatoes. 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,” said Fair
Menken will be providing the film score, featuring new recordings of original songs written by Menken and Ashman. Three new songs will be featured, written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner, lyricist Tim Rice. The film, which from the trailer looks incredible, will feature Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. They’ll be supported by a brilliant cast from Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Nathan Mack as Chip.
The soundtrack will be available on March 10, 2017. The film will hit cinemas in Australia on March 23, 2017.