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It was announced today that Disney’s 2016 live action Beauty and the Beast has found it’s Beast and it’s Gaston. British actor Dan Stevens, best known for his roll as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey will be playing the roll of the Beast. Welsh actor Luke Evans, best known for his roll as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit trilogy will be playing Gaston. Emma Watson has already been cast as the film’s lead actress, Belle.
This iteration of Beauty and the Beast will be fall somewhere between the animated film and the Broadway musical, both of which use Alan Menken’s original score and songs. Stephen Chbosky is set to write the script, who also wrote the script for Rent and worked with Emma Watson on The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Of these three actors, Evans has the most experience singing. He stared in the West End productions of Rent and Miss Saigon in London from 2007-2008. Stevens has performed in numerous plays in England and in America, but I don’t think any of them are musicals. Watson can be heard singing background vocals on Ben Hammersley’s ‘Pantomime’, but she has yet to star in a roll that features singing.
Disney has been releasing a slew of fairy tale themed remakes lately, starting with Maleficent last July 2014 and Into the Woods this past December. Cinderella comes out March 13th, 2015 followed by The Jungle Book on April 15th, 2016. Beauty and the Beast doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will likely come out Christmas 2016.