by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Maleficent, the live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story from the villain’s POV, was a huge success for Disney recently. The follow-up, the Kenneth Branagh-directed Cinderella, has already been getting rave reviews. And now the House of Mouse will follow it up with the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which already has Emma Watson cast as Belle, a.k.a. Beauty. And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, the two male leads have also been cast.
Playing the role of the Beast will be Dan Stevens. Fans may recognize the actor from the period drama Downton Abbey and his amazing turn in the indie thriller The Guest.
— Dan Stevens (@thatdanstevens) March 5, 2015
Stevens has done some smaller work this year, in films like A Walk Among the Tombstones and the third installment of the Night At The Museum franchise. But this is his chance to really shine as the star of a major film for a huge company.
Also joining the cast is Luke Evans. From the actors Twitter account, he recently revealed that he would be undertaking the role of Gaston. I could totally see Evans playing the role of the villain. He has that look that could be construed as pompous and haughty.
Director Bill Condon has an excellent main crew to work with. I can’t wait to see if this going the musical route. Emma Watson made allusions about needing to get her singing voice ready, but so far the studio has remained mum on that front.
What do you think IR readers? Is the casting spot on? Or did Disney goof up with their choices? Sound off in our comments section!