Menken was especially impressed by Watson's performance, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, gushed about the actress's interpretation of the iconic role.
"She's really good!" Menked told EW about his new leading lady. "I can't picture anyone else [in the role], honestly. She's Belle for me now entirely."
As for the rest of the starry ensemble -- which includes Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Josh Gad as LeFou -- Menken had equally effusive praise.
"The cast is just a dream cast, it's ridiculous," he told EW.
We can't wait to see them all in action. "Beauty and the Beast" hits theaters on March 17, 2017.
[via: Entertainment Weekly]
Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. Read More