The trailer for Beastly, which stars Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris, has appeared online!
The film is based on Alex Flinn’s 2007 supernatural novel of the same name, which provides a teenage take on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast. Beastly will see British actor and model Alex Pettyfer take on the role of the beautiful but shallow Kyle Kingsbury, who is transformed into a hideously disfigured recluse when secret high school witch Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) casts a spell on him.
The beauty to his beast will be played by High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens, whilst How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris is also on board as Kingsbury’s blind tutor.
Of course, it’s not the first time this story has been adapted for cinematic release. Aside from the 1991 animated Disney version, there has also be been an American/Israeli musical film, and the classic surreal French adaptation directed by Jean Cocteau way back in 1946.
However, Beastly certainly looks set to provide a much modernised interpretation of this traditional tale, incorporating a supernatural side, which has proved so popular with teen audiences of late. This film also tells the story from the Beast’s perspective, and with Pettyfer wearing facial prosthetics and a total of 60 tattoos that reportedly took over six hours to apply, it should be quite a sight to behold!
Beastly was expected to be première last summer, but the release date was reportedly moved to this April, in order to avoid a clash with the release of Hudgen’s boyfriend Zac Efron‘s film, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.
Meanwhile, you can check out the trailer below!