Beauty and the Beast will hit theaters in the U.S. on March 17, 2017, according to Variety. Disney has announced the date, along with some additional casting choices -- which are undeniably splendid. Harry Potter star Emma Watson will play the role of Belle, a book-loving gal who sees the best in others. She will fall in love with Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), who will portray the beast.
Actor Luke Evans (Fast and the Furious 6) has been cast as Gaston, a proud narcissist who is convinced that he should wed Belle. His hilarious sidekick will be portrayed by none other than Josh Gad (voice of Olaf in Frozen). Gad has a super sense of humor and will be perfect as Le Fou.
Beauty and the Beast has also found a Mrs. Potts. According to Entertainment Weekly, Emma Thompson (Harry Potter) will play the motherly teapot who seems to always know the right thing to say. Thompson is an ideal choice for Mrs. Potts, and fans couldn't be happier with the news.
Belle's father, Maurice, will be portrayed by actor Kevin Kline, another fine choice. Kline is known for his role in French Kiss, where he starred alongside Meg Ryan. More recently, he was in Last Vegas with Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, and Michael Douglas.
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Some major roles left to fill include Chip, a little boy who is both silly and sweet, and Lumiere, a candlestick who plays an important role inside the castle, and is also instrumental in helping Belle and the Beast fall in love. And who could forget Lumiere's partner in crime, Cogsworth? The coupling has to be just right, as the two play off each other in the film. Many hope that Disney keeps the excellent casting choices going with their picks for these three crucial characters. Do you have any ideas about who could take on these roles?
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Disney's Cinderella just had a wonderful opening weekend. There is no question that these live-action remakes are successful, and that people of all ages are truly enjoying each and every moment brought to life.
Production will begin by year's end. It will be directed by Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn). Are you excited for the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast? Will you head to the theaters to see it in two years time?
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