If there's one Disney animated princess film that I truly love, it's definitely Beauty and the Beast. A magical, delightfully entertaining film, it pretty much never gets old and has been a classic since the year it was released. I even acted in a middle school theatrical version of the show. Disney's new favorite trend is to take their animated films and make live action films out of them (Cinderella is their next film and it's poised to make a lot of money at the box office next weekend). Beauty and the Beast is set to get the live action treatment next and the cast is finally coming together for the film, tentatively set for a 2016 release date.
Earlier this year, Emma Watson signed on to play Belle in the film, which is a perfect choice in my mind. I seriously don't think the filmmakers could have picked anyone better. Luke Evans is now also joining the film as Gaston, the arrogant villain who is constantly trying to get Belle to marry him. Evans is a good actor and a decent choice, but I'm not sure if he's right for Gaston. He tends to play cold and reserved characters and unless that's what the producers are going for, I don't think he's the best choice. And finally, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news a few days ago that former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens will be playing the titular Beast. Stevens has really broken out since he left the Masterpiece theater show and this film could break him into the mainstream. He's a good pick for Beast and I'm excited to see this cast in action. Beauty and the Beast will be directed by Bill Condon and will hit theaters sometime in 2016.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter