Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Announces Actors for Beast, Gaston

Mar 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm |

When it comes to Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, there’s certainly something there that wasn’t there before: a cast.

Emma Watson, who won our hearts all over again when she was cast as Belle, welcomed her new co-stars via her Twitter account on Thursday, March 5. She said: “Could not be more happy that this man will be Beast!!! Welcome aboard @thatdanstevens #beautyandthebeast.”

The 32-year-old actor Dan Stevens will be playing Beast, the “male” protagonist, and it should be quite the change from his stately role as Cousin Matthew on Downtown Abbey. Stevens displayed his excitement about the cast and his new role as well on his Twitter account. He posted a picture Thursday, which read: “BEAST MODE.”

A Disney blog site called Oh My Disney listed four reasons why Stevens is perfect for the role:

1. His eyes are as hauntingly blue as Beast’s.
2. We think he’s going to pull off gruff nonchalance that melts into kindness effortlessly.
3. Great accent.
4. We really want to see him with long, flowing locks.

Great news for all the Luke Evans fans out there as well. It has been announced and confirmed by the studio that 35-year-old Evans will be playing the role of “Gaston,” the film’s hyper-masculine antagonist. Interestingly enough, Evans, who will be a delight to watch as the evil, vainglorious megalomanic and charmingly notorious ladies’ man, is a gay actor.

But move over, Beast: Emma Watson is definitely excited for him, too! She tweeted a picture of Evans, writing, “Bonjour Gaston! Welcome! #BeautyAndTheBeast.”

Watson was cast as Belle back in January. The soon-to-be 25-year-old actress told her Facebook fans:

It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling—heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.

Director Bill Condon’s version of the fairy tale classic will be a musical, much like the 1991 animated classic. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.

What do you think about the cast so far? Is it weird that Disney is relying on all British actors to bring this tale as old as time to life? Be our guest and leave a comment to let us know what you think!

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