Director Bill Condon’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for Disney is taking shape rapidly, and now the cast has added another familiar face to its already star-studded lineup.
According to Variety, actor Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, the Star Wars prequel trilogy) is entering final negotiations to play Lumiere in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast. In the animated film, Lumiere was the Beast’s maître d’, who was kindhearted but showed a rebellious streak within him at the same time. The Enchantress’ curse turned him into an anthropomorphic candelabra, and its Lumiere that convinces Cogsworth to try and bring Belle to the castle in hopes that she may be the one to finally break the curse that transformed them all.
Not long afterward, the same outlet reported that actor Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Lovely Bones) had also joined the cast to round out all of the supporting players. He will be playing Cadenza, a grand piano that will be a unique character to this version of the story. Cadenza did not appear in the animated film on which this adaptation is expected to be based.
McGregor joins previously announced cast members Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cosgworth, and Josh Gad as Lefou. Beauty and the Beast joins other live-action adaptations of animated films being developed by Disney, including the recently released Cinderella, as well as forthcoming films like Tim Burton’s Dumbo and the in-development Pinocchio and Winnie the Pooh.
Beauty and the Beast is expected to go into production later this year, and is scheduled to be released on March 17th, 2017. For more on this as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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