One of the most respected actors of the modern era is about to play a cursed clock that serves as a butler to a beast.
According to Variety, Sir Ian McKellen has joined Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and he will be playing the role of Cogsworth: a butler who is transformed into an anthropomorphic clock due to a curse that’s overtaken the castle of a prince, who would be transformed into the titular beast. In the 1991 film that was nominated for Best Picture, the role of Cogsworth was played by actor David Ogden Stiers. McKellen joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, and Dan Stevens as the Beast.
With his casting for this part, McKellen will be reunited with director Bill Condon, who also directed McKellen in Mr. Holmes, a film taking place in 1947 where the celebrated actor plays a 93-year old Sherlock Holmes being brought out of retirement for one, final case. Condon was chosen to direct this version of Beauty and the Beast, and he will do so from a script written initially by Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Huntsman) and rewritten by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
Beauty and the Beast is one of several animated classics that Disney is recreating for live-action, with this year seeing the release of Cinderella, while other projects like The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Mulan, Pinocchio, and Winnie the Pooh are all in development to get a similar treatment. Beauty and the Beast is scheduled to hit theaters on March 17th, 2017.
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