In the comics biz, if you want to generate excitement for an upcoming project, you turn to Alex Ross.
In recent years, Marvel Comics has been enlisting Ross’ talents for numerous high-level projects, from his epic painting announcing “Secret Wars,” to his tribute to the classic “Star Wars” cover, to the recent announcement of the upcoming “Generations.” Now, Ross has turned his attention to a project celebrating a movie from Marvel’s parent company: Disney’s Emma Watson-starring “Beauty and the Beast.”
The painting, along with over 40 other pieces of original art, are on display at the Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra, California. As part of its “Be Our Guest” event, the gallery “is celebrating the new Beauty and the Beast film with an art tribute exhibition of new illustrated reimaginings of the Disney classic.”
The Ross piece, titled “La Belle et la Bête,” is done in his signature style, and based on the likeness from the upcoming live action “Beauty and the Beast” film. The gallery’s website invites interested parties to inquire about acquiring the original, or if you don’t think today is your lucky day to win an art bid, there are 250 signed prints on sale for $175. If you happen to be a resident of Southern California, you can take a trip to the Nucleus Gallery to see the piece in person; the “Beauty and the Beast” art will be on display through April 2.
If none of that is feasible to you, but you are still really excited for this film, you can catch it in theaters, perhaps even contributing to the predicted record-breaking opening. Directed by Bill Condon, “Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Mauricer, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. The film is set to open on March 17.