No ooooone’s as beautiful as Gaston…Nor as British as the Beast.
Tales as old as yesterday reported Disney filled not one but TWO major roles for the live-action Beauty and the Beast.
Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, the Hobbit trilogy) will portray the ego-maniacal Gaston dueling Dan Stevens’s Beast.
The heartthrob and former Downton Abbey star was confirmed by Disney’s Facebook page to have accepted the role.
Stevens, whose most notable works are period dramas, seems like an interesting fit for the wrathful, spoiled Beast.
The first casting announcement came last month with Emma Watson’s elated Facebook post to fans announcing she’d accepted the role as the titular beauty, Belle.
What remains to be seen, however, are if these powerhouse actors have the singing chops to carry this adaptation. Watson teased that she’d begin singing classes for the role, begging the question “What ARE they going to sing?”
Beauty and the Beast is set to begin production later this year and is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2016.