Beauty and the Beast: new film project announced

Beauty and the Beast: new film project announced

The Hollywood Reporter has shared news of Dan's latest film project 'Beauty and the Beast'.

Dan Stevens, the breakout actor of Downton Abbey and last year's cult action movie The Guest, is in negotiations to play the Beast/Prince in Disney's live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Stevens will join Emma Watson, who is playing Belle, the "Beauty" in the title, while Luke Evans is in talks to play the vain villain Gaston. Bill Condon is directing what is turning out so far to be an all-British cast production while David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing.

Beauty continues Disney's plan of taking some of its animated classics and brushing them up for a 21st century live-action makeover. Beauty, a French fairy tale, tells of a young woman who takes her father's place as a prisoner in a monstrous being's castle, only to fall in love with the creature, who turns out to be a prince.

While the studio has not confirmed if the retelling is a musical, when Watson was cast in January, she implied it was in a Facebook post: "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.' ... Time to start some singing lessons."

The highly sought-after role will be a big get for Stevens, who last starred in The Guest, Adam Wingard's action thriller, and has been working in supporting roles in such movies as Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and A Walk Among the Tombstones. He is repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates, and Peikoff Mahan.

Comments

Great News!!

What a great role for Dan, and this American applauds the all British cast, there is just such a touch of class Dan brings to each and every role! Can't wait!!!
j/USA

Well done Dan!

Looking forward to this - 2016 is a while away, but several others to hit the big screen first - Criminal Activities, The Cobbler, The Ticket, Oppenheimer Strategies, Beyond Deceit and maybe How To Be Single. That certainly amounts to a great deal to look forward to. Well done Dan!
p.s. Don't forget the audiobooks though!

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