by: S. Scott Stanikmas
And Disney adds another pedigreed actor to its cast of the live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation. Scottish superstar Ewan McGregor has been in talks to play the wisecracking candlestick Lumiere according to Variety.
McGregor will play the comedic foil to Sir Ian McKellan’s straight-laced mantle clock, Cogsworth. The duo will join Emma Thompson as the maternal Mrs. Potts, Audra Mcdonald as the wardrobe Garderobe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the coquettish feather duster (and object of Lumiere’s amorous advances) Plumette. That takes care of almost all the main castle dwellers that were turned (we still need Chip!).
On the human side of things we have Emma Watson starring as bookish Belle. She’ll join the Beast, played by Dan Stevens, at his castle to save the life of her father Maurice, the capable Kevin Kline. This raises the ire of her would-be betrothed, the bullying Gaston and his dim-witted sidekick / yes-man Lefou, played by Luke Evans and Josh Gad respectively.
The Dan Condon-helmed live-action reimaging will stay very close to the original Disney film from 1991, including many of the famous songs. This movie joins the host of other animated classics being reworked from animated to real life, including Mulan, The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh.
I like McGregor as an actor. I just don’t know if his Scottish brogue will sound right singing such classic songs like “Be Our Guest” or the title track. I’m willing to throw caution to the wind and give it a whirl though.
Beauty and the Beast roars its way into theaters March 17, 2017.