Celine Dion to record new song for live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'

By Sarah Walker

Fans of Celine Dion who were worried about missing her voice on the soundtrack of the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film no longer need to fret. On Thursday, the 48-year-old announced she has been working on a new single for the movie.

"I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be performing a new song,"How Does A Moment Last Forever" for Disney's Beauty and the Beast ," she wrote on Twitter.

With over 20,000 likes and nearly 8,000 retweets, it's clear her fans are thrilled by the news.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Ariana Grande and John Legend will perform a duet of the film's title track.

Back in 1991, it was Celine and Peabo Bryson who had the honour of performing the piece. Angela Lansbury also sang a version for the movie itself.

The song is one of the more iconic ones to be featured in an animated film. It went on to win the 1992 Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song and won several GRAMMYs. It even made it into the Billboard Top 10 (in Canada, it topped the Adult Contemporary charts).

The new adaptation of the hit Disney film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast. The duo are joined by the likes of Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Ian McKellen.

According to Emma, the new film is true to the original classic save for one minor change: Belle is an inventor.

“In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle,” the star told Entertainment Weekly. “I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?’ So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”

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