Cast of live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' dishes on the making of the 'feminist' fairy tale

Emma Thompson, who plays Mrs. Potts, calls Belle a "feminist."

"'Beauty and the Beast' is one of the only fairy tales with a really decent heroine who gets to do things," Thompson said.

Luke Evans, who plays Gaston, joked that the heroine could not save his character. "He's a villain," Evans said of Gaston, whom he called a "buffoon."

"I couldn't go far enough," Evans said of playing the famously self-involved character.

"There's a theatricality about Gaston," Evans added. "He is ridiculous."

"I don't sing, and I don't sing in the movie," Tucci said. "Everyone benefits ... and I get to keep my career."

Josh Gad, who plays LeFou, said that he felt differently toward singing.

"Singing is just an extension of a feeling," Gad said. "It's what you can't express otherwise."

Watson said that the upcoming film "contains so many important and special messages."

"But I think its strength is in its, like, unapologetic romance. And it's so hopeful," Watson said.

Tucci added that he thinks a main theme in the movie is that "love conquers all."

"And look at ... look at what's inside the person, not what's on the outside of the person," Tucci said.

The live-action musical opens in theaters nationwide on March 17, 2017.