Here’s your first look at H.E.R.’s reimaging of a Black-Filipino Belle for the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Special | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Academy and Grammy award-winning artist H.E.R. (Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson) is stunning in her portrayal of the classic Disney princess, Belle, for the anthology series ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’s, reimagining of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

The Wrap shared these exclusive photos of character sketches done by Disney, as well as these brought to life in their live-action counterparts:


See H.E.R. as Belle below:


Take a look at the cast of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ brought to life:

In addition to H.E.R. the special stars Josh Groban (“Beast”), Joshua Henry (“Gaston”), David Alan Grier (“Cogsworth”), Shania Twain (“Mrs. Potts”), Rizwan Manji (“LeFou”), Jon Jon Briones (Belle’s father “Maurice”) and Leo Abelo Perry (Mrs. Potts’ son “Chip”), along with narrator Rita Moreno. Jon M. Chu will executive produce the hybrid animated/live-action special and Hamish Hamilton is set to direct.

The release coincides with the beloved film’s 30th anniversary when it became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The film went on to also win the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, while the theme song “Beauty and the Beast” won the Best Original Song Oscar in 1992.

A mixture of mediums and formats, the special will be a blend of animated and live-action, making for a never-before-seen experience for the live audience at Disney Studios and those at home.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ will air Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, with next-day viewing on Disney+.

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