'Beauty and the Beast' news and updates: Ariana Grande, John Legend to sing titular song; new photos released

(Facebook/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast)Disney's live adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" will hit theaters on March 17.

It looks like Emma Watson won't be the only famous female singing on the soundtrack of "Beauty and the Beast." It has been recently revealed that Ariana Grande will be recording the iconic song of the same name for the upcoming film.

Grande will be singing the duet with John Legend, who has won multiple Grammy Awards, one Academy Award, and one Golden Globe. It only seems fitting as the 1991 version of the song — penned by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson — also won a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe.

According to Oh My Disney, Menken partnered with Tim Rice on three new songs for the upcoming live adaptation. All three songs will be included on the film's soundtrack, which will be released on March 10. 

The "Dangerous Woman" singer took to Instagram to tease the song without explicitly giving anything away. Posing for a selfie with large headphones, the Grammy nominee simply captioned the photo with a wilting rose — an obvious homage to the rose in "Beauty and the Beast."

Watson's singing voice was already showcased with "Something There" and "Belle (Reprise)," two songs that were originally featured in the animated classic. Apart from that, Dan Stevens' Beast also got his fair share of the spotlight when a video showing his more charming side was made public. 

Stevens recently talked about the challenges he faced while filming the movie at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. Speaking with IGN, Stevens recalled having to be on stilts for the character.

"Physically, the Beast is the most challenging role I've taken on. The condition I had to have my body in to puppeteer that suit on stilts was like nothing else I've ever experienced, seriously," Stevens admitted. "The kind of engagement — and actually a lot of dance involved in that role, albeit on stilts; it was a very, very intense dance training process — has gotten me more physically engaged with all of my performances in everything else since."

New photos of the Beast were published by GamesRadar, and featured a dilapidated old bedroom that he presumably used to occupy. Based on the images, it looks like the Beast has had a rough past.

"Beauty and the Beast" will premiere on March 17.

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