• Home
  • Movies
  • ABC’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Special Casts H.E.R as Belle

ABC’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Special Casts H.E.R as Belle

The Beauty and the Beast 30th Anniversary Special has officially found their Belle. Grammy award-winning artist H.E.R. will play the main character in the special, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1991 animated movie’s historic Oscar nomination for best picture –the first animated movie to earn such recognition. The film won two Academy Awards for its original title song and score. 

“I can’t believe I get to be a part of the Beauty and the Beast legacy. The world will see a Black and Filipino Belle!” H.E.R. said in a statement. “I have always wanted to be a Disney princess, and I get to work with two wonderful directors Hamish Hamilton and my favorite, Jon M. Chu. It is very surreal, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jon M. Chu (In the Heights) is executive producing the special, which Hamish Hamilton will direct. 

“With her obvious extraordinary talent and stage presence, H.E.R. is the perfect embodiment of our Belle, and we are thrilled for audiences to see her in this celebration of creativity,” said Chu. “We were both influenced as storytellers by the original animated movie, so it’s very exciting to collaborate together to honor the artistry of that timeless classic while also inspiring a whole generation of creators.”

The Beauty and the Beast special will feature a mixture of live-action and animation and new musical performances, sets, and costumes inspired by the film. It will also pay homage to the movie while adding its own twist to the story. The special will be taped in front of a live audience and will air on December 15. 
H.E.R. has won a total of four Grammy Awards, including the best R&B album in 2019 for her self-titled release and song of the year in 2021 for “I Can’t Breathe.” She will make her feature film debut next year in The Color Purple, based on the musical adaptation of the Alice Walker novel.

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Join Our Mailing List

    Recent Articles

    Scariest Horror Movies to Watch this Halloween

    With Halloween right around the corner, finding a good horror movie can be hard to do since so many are made this time of year. As someone who is really picky about horror movies, it can definitely be hard for me as well. In this article, I will provide several different horror movies ranging from mild to extreme to suit everyone’s scare factor!

    10 Halloween Movies to Watch This Season

    One of my favorite things to do around Halloween is watch a bunch of creepy movies. Depending on my mood, I will either go for a lighthearted kid-friendly movie or an all-out terrifying horror movie. Whichever mood you are feeling, you can’t go wrong with these movies.

    The Amélie Effect

    The movie Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain, or as its American name Amélie, centers around the life on an unusual Parisian girl who later discovered that she could have an effect on people, or what I like to call The Amélie Effect.

    What “Do Revenge” Got Wrong About Teen Movies

    So many older teen movies – like Clueless, Mean Girls, and Heathers – reflected and completely redefined their generations. But with the Gen Z generation possibly being the most over-defined and over-exposed generation in history, social media took over. It surpassed TV as being the most popular form of youth media and completely did away with lines between different media-consuming groups. Now the world can check in and see what we’re doing at any time whenever we choose to post on social media platforms.

    Indie Movies: A Genre or an Attitude?

    Indie movies are the same idea of a boutique or a thrift shop. Consider the trend of boutiques: they are smaller, less well-known, and almost certainly far more expensive than your typical department or retail store. Why, then, do we experience greater excitement when we visit or make a purchase from a boutique as opposed to a retail location? Well, because the items sold at boutiques are more distinctively made and more difficult to locate. It’s likely that the outfit you purchase from a boutique won’t be challenged at a formal occasion or a night out.

    First Impressions of Disney’s New Film Wish

    On September 9 Disney shared a post to their animation content page @disneyanimation on instagram, announcing a new animated film called Wish. In addition to sharing the title of the upcoming film and a first look at the protagonist and her animal companion, the caption disclosed a short synopsis of what the film will be about, as well as who will be working on the film and when it is planned to come out.

    Hey! Are you enjoying NYCTastemakers? Make sure to join our mailing list for NYCTM and never miss the chance to read all of our articles!