In a world where a “tale as old as time” guarantees you a green light more than a tale as new as three seconds ago, it’s time to talk about the casting of Disney’s next effort, a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The animated version released by the company in 1991 was a special achievement technically, and by becoming the only animated movie so far to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. But gold doesn’t matter to studios so much as green, and Beauty and the Beast made a lot of it, so if lighting can strike once, why not twice? Well, Disney has found its Beauty in Emma Watson, and now they’ve found a Beast, Dan Stevens.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stevens will play the Beast, a vain prince who is cursed to live in the visage of an ugly and deformed creature until he’s able to get someone to fall in love with him as his blighted self. Watson, who has some experience playing a lovely bibliophile in a fantasy world, was previously announced to be playing Belle in the film, which is being directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn).
So who is Dan Stevens? You may know him best as Matthew Crawley, heir to the titular manner on the period drama Downton Abbey. He’s also appeared in the films The Fifth Estate, The Guest, and A Walk Amongst the Tombstones, and his last big role was as Sir Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Stevens casting rounds out the three main roles for the film with Luke Evans (The Hobbit trilogy) being cast as the villain, Gaston.
If all goes according to plan Beauty and the Beast will be in theaters sometime in 2016. It’s the latest in a line of Disney remakes of its animated classics, the next entry being Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of Cinderella, which comes out later this month on March 27. So far, according to Rotten Tomatoes, it’s gotten some pretty good reviews with a 94 per cent favorability rating.
Source: Comic Book.com