The dinner table is almost set, the guest list nearly complete and it appears that a dinner….I mean, a release date has been selected!! News is breaking almost daily about the rounding out of the cast for the live-action production of the French tale Beauty and the Beast and there are only a few seats left to fill. Are you curious who has been invited to the casting table?
To date, we have reported that the lovely Emma Watson will be taking on the role of Belle and Dan Stevens will be her prince/Beast. The handsome Luke Evans is reported to be portraying the arrogant, self-absorbed hunter, Gaston, while, by now, it is no secret that the fun-loving and adorable Josh Gad, of Frozen fame, has been invited to join the party as Gaston’s buffoonish sidekick, LeFou. (did you see him tweet the picture of him and LeFou?)
Of course, Josh Gad is not the only one familiar to Walt Disney Productions to have received a formal invite to the festivities. Walt Disney Pictures has asked the astonishing Emma Thompson, of Saving Mr. Banks fame, to portray the lovable, refined and motherly Mrs. Potts. In addition to casting everyone’s favorite teapot, Disney has also found Belle’s creative genius and tenderhearted father, Maurice, who will be played by veteran actor, Kevin Kline. Picture this – Kevin Kline sporting the thick-lensed glasses Maurice was wearing in the 1991 version while working in his little shop! I can totally see it!
Walt Disney Pictures has secured more than just its cast. News broke that Alan Menken will be scoring the film. Menken is an eight-time Oscar winner and earned himself two Academy Awards for his work on the original 1991 animated classic. He will be bringing new touches to the original songs and adding several new pieces with the assistance of Sir Tim Rice. It has long been reported that Bill Condon will be directing the script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos with rewrites by Steve Chobsky. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films will be producing the film.
Beauty and the Beast centers around a young woman who selflessly takes the place of her father in the prison of a monstrous being’s castle. During her stay, she comes to find the prince within and falls in love with the cursed “beast,” as well as with the refined cast of characters that care for her. While the romance and kinships are growing, the village brute, who has already selfishly staked his claim on the young woman, feels upstaged by the “creature,” and plots to overthrow his competition with the help of his naive little minion and the townspeople.
Walt Disney Pictures has taken several of its classic fairy tales and transformed them into live-action gems over recent years. It would be curious to see if they continue the pattern of adding a new perspective to this story as it did with Maleficent and Cinderella, though there is some speculation that this film will remain closer to its animated original.
OH – THE RELEASE DATE!!
I can’t forget that kind of important information! We all need to know when to show up for the party, right? Well, it appears that we can expect the invitation to read that this beloved story will hit the big screen March 17, 2017. I already have my calendar marked. Do you?
So – there you have it. The dinner table only has a few more seats to fill – including a stuffy clock and flirtatious candlestick. What do you think of the casting news? Do you have any ideas as to whom they might cast for the remaining roles? Are we all going to survive the two years waiting for this tale as old as time to hit the theater? Let us know your thoughts!