The new, live-action version of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast is all Disney fans have been able to talk about since the release of Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella. As reported on April 21 on Inquisitr, Ewan McCregor was very recently cast as Lumiere, exciting fans across the board. The next day, another cast member was added to the list. Stanley Tucci, Hunger Games star, will be playing a character who didn’t appear in the original Disney film: Cadenza the grand piano.
This brings the total number of major cast characters to 10. Here’s the complete list, in case you haven’t been keeping up:
Emma Watson as Belle
As a Harry Potter saga star, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and women’s right advocate, Watson has had her share of important roles, and now she can add another to her list: the character of Belle, a part she has longed to play since she was a child. Her post on Facebook directly following the casting explains her elation: “[Beauty and the Beast] was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal… My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting.”
Dan Stevens as Beast
Another U.K. actor has joined the cast of the upcoming film. Stevens is best known for his part as heartthrob Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey. He is also credited as the knight in Night at the Museum 3. Stevens is also very excited to be a major part of Disney’s latest production.
Luke Evans as Gaston
A native of Cardiff, the burly actor is perfectly fit for his part as Gaston. You’ll recognize Evans from his parts as Vlad in Dracula Untold, Bard the Bowman in the last two installments of The Hobbit, and Shaw in the Fast and Furious saga.
Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts
Who doesn’t love Emma Thompson for each of her astounding roles? From her part as Eleanor in Austen’s Sense and Sensibility to her silly role as Nanny McPhee in the Mary Poppins style children’s movie, Thompson has shown her versatility and expertise in acting. Fans all over the world are thrilled that she’ll be playing Mrs. Potts.
Josh Gad as Le Fou
As the voice of Olaf in Disney’s hit Frozen (and more recently, Frozen Fever), Gad has proven himself a capable and versatile actor. He’s just what the doctor ordered for Gaston’s goofy, musically-talented sidekick.
Ewan McGregor as Lumiere
No one can forget McGregor’s long and talented history of acting, particularly for his part as Obi Wan Kenobi in the latter installments of Star Wars. Fans are bursting with excitement for his upcoming role. If you recall, this won’t be McGregor’s first time singing for the big screen. He received plenty of practice in the 2001 classic Moulin Rouge! Let’s see if he still has it in with his newly assigned Beauty and the Beast favorite, “Be Our Guest” solo.
Ian McKellen as Cogsworth
Fans simply can’t contain their excitement for this beloved actor’s part in the upcoming film. McKellen’s parts in the Lord of the Rings and X-Men series are legendary, and he’ll be perfectly fit for the stiff, but lovable character of Cogsworth.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette
In the animated version, the flirty feather duster Plumette, Lumiere’s love interest, is barely seen, but her part in the musical version is much more prominent. Mbatha-Raw is an up and coming actress known for her part as Dido Elizabeth Belle in Belle and Noni in Beyond the Lights.
Kevin Kline as Maurice
Though his parts have been few and far between over the last few years, Kline is projected to do extremely well as Belle’s mad-scientist father. Though he still acts today, you may recall his face best from his parts in his younger days, particularly in A Fish Called Wanda, Cry Freedom, and Wild Wild West.
Stanley Tucci as Cadenza
And finally, we’re brought full circle to the newest addition of the cast. Tucci is noted for playing dynamic roles, particularly as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games and Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada. Thanks to his vast experience and excellent acting, he seems to be the perfect fit for the eccentric, singing grand piano.
And that completes the list of current actors signed on to be a part of the new Beauty and the Beast musical film.
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