Dis­ney snaps up Grande, Leg­end

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ARI­ANA Grande and John Leg­end are to per­form Beauty and the

Beast for Dis­ney’s up­com­ing live­ac­tion film.

The 23-year-old pop star and John, 38, are poised to col­lab­o­rate on a new ver­sion of the Gram­myand Os­car-win­ning song which will serve as the ti­tle track from the movie’s sound­track.

The song – first recorded by ac­tress An­gela Lans­bury in 1991 – is be­ing pro­duced by in­dus­try vet­eran Ron Fair, whose work has led to six Grammy Awards and 18 nom­i­na­tions.

He said: “Step­ping into the shoes of an Os­car and Grammy Award-win­ning clas­sic is not small pota­toes. But with to­day’s two great­est plu­to­nium singers – John Leg­end and Ari­ana Grande – we are bring­ing the song back with a new school-old school fresh treat­ment that shows the soul­ful­ness and power of what a great melody and lyric can in­spire.”

It has been con­firmed, too, that the sin­gle will be ac­com­pa­nied by a mu­sic video pro­duced by Dave Mey­ers. The hotly-an­tic­i­pated Beauty

and the Beast live-ac­tion movie fea­tures a star-stud­ded cast, with Emma Wat­son and Dan Stevens set to play the cen­tral roles.

In the film, Emma plays the part of Belle and a video clip of the 26-year-old ac­tress singing was leaked on­line ear­lier this week.

Emma pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted to be­ing ner­vous about singing in

Beauty and the Beast, hav­ing not done so for so long. “It was nervewrack­ing for me be­cause I’ve sung as a child in plays and I loved it, but I just hadn’t done it in such a long time, it was like learn­ing to ride a bike again.”

POP STAR: Ari­ana Grande will star in Beauty and the Beast.

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