Disney fans have been given a sneak peak of some of the characters appearing in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.

The upcoming film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, and a behind-the-scenes photo shared online has revealed Dan’s look after his transformation as the Prince.

Here's one of our first looks at Dan Stevens as The Beast in human form. @beourguest #BeautyAndTheBeast pic.twitter.com/8kE9jytC3U

— Regal Cinemas (@RegalMovies) August 26, 2016

Another picture posted online showed American actor Josh Gad in full costume as LeFou, the sidekick to villain Gaston.

How amazing is this @beourguest teaser of @joshgad as LeFou & @TheRealLukevans as Gaston?! #BeautyAndTheBeast pic.twitter.com/LtNigUuu1K

— Regal Cinemas (@RegalMovies) August 26, 2016

The photo also appears to feature the back of Welsh actor Luke Evans, who plays Gaston in the movie.

Images were also posted of candlestick Luminere, voiced by Ewan MacGregor, and talking clock Cogsworth, played by Sir Ian McKellen.

Cogsworth & Lumiere are revealed in the first look at @Disney's @beourguest! #BeautyAndTheBeast pic.twitter.com/Ng7TYWG4Cc

— Regal Cinemas (@RegalMovies) August 26, 2016

Beauty and the Beast is due to be released in cinemas in March 2017.