Eagle-eyed Filipino fans spotted the special design
After her casting announcement last July, Fil-Am singer H.E.R. (a.k.a. Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson) is now seen in full Princess Belle regalia as ABC releases first glimpses of the cast of the “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” special in full costume, created by Marina Toybina.
Much like in the original 1991 animated film, the Grammy and Oscar-winning artist will don three iconic looks of Princess Belle for the special—the grand yellow ballgown, her pink winter ensemble, and the blue everyday garb. While all of these are truly nostalgic, eagle-eyed Filipino fans are loving the blue pinafore look more because of a special design element.
As seen in an image released by ABC, H.E.R.’s blue costume features an apron with the word “Bel” written in Baybayin embroidered on the piece. Pinoy fans are loving this nod to Filipino heritage with a Twitter user saying, “Proud of this Bay Area Pinay and excited to see HER in BATB!”
Apart from H.E.R., another Fil-Am actor is also part of the special’s ensemble. Actor Jon Jon Briones, famous for his portrayal of the Engineer in “Miss Saigon” West End revival, will bring to life Maurice, Belle’s father. Joining them in the “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” are actors and singers Josh Groban as the Beast, Shania Twain as Mrs. Potts, Joshua Henry as Gaston, Rita Moreno as the Narrator, Martin Short as Lumiere, David Alan Grier as Cogsworth, among others.
ABC’s “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” will be available to stream on Disney+ after its release on TV on Dec. 15.