Yesterday news of major casting for Disney’s upcoming live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast broke out via The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, with Dan Stevens and Luke Evans being cast for the roles of Beast and Gaston.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story about Dan Stevens being cast for the role of Beast, coming off a breakout year last year after roles in The Guest, A Walk Among the Tombstones and the third Night of the Museum film Secret of the Tomb. Variety broke the story that Luke Evans being cast for the role of Gaston coming off from Dracula Untold and the conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy Battle of the Five Armies last year.
Beauty and The Beast, a French fairytale, tells the story of a young woman named Belle (Emma Watson) who takes her father’s place as a prisoner in the Beast’s (Dan Stevens) castle, only to fall in love with the creature, who turns out to be a prince. Gatson (Luke Evans) is the handsome yet egotistical antagonist who tries to win Belle’s heart and, after losing it to the Beast, leads a group of townspeople on a hunt to kill him.
The original Disney animated film was released in 1991 and went on to make $375 million worldwide and spawn a Broadway play and also become the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Bill Condon is directing this live-action film, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing. It’s interesting casting choices from Disney here for the two key male roles, particularly giving former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens such a significantly huge role to fill in the form of Beast. Personally I like that Stevens has been cast in the role as I thought he was terrific as the lead in The Guest, easily balancing the fine line between charming and somewhat sinister underneath and he was also good in his role on A Walk Among the Tombstones, so to see him get the gig I’m happy with (more so than the Ryan Gosling rumours that came out last month). Luke Evans as Gaston however could be some inspired casting. I didn’t even consider him as a name for the role but upon appearance and the more I think about it, I reckon he could be really good in the role. Whether or not the cast can belt out the tunes however is a different story altogether. I’ve seen some moans about how the casting so far is ‘all British’ (Even heard of Emma Thompson being rumoured for Mrs Potts, but haven’t noticed any confirmation from anywhere) but I don’t care where the actor/actress is from, as long as they’re good for the role it shouldn’t matter.
The main roles have been cast but as of yet there’s been no cinematic release date set for Beauty and The Beast.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) March 5, 2015
— Dan Stevens (@thatdanstevens) March 5, 2015