Belle has found her Beast! Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast has cast the man who will play the furry prince. Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens scored the part of the Beast, The Hollywood Reporter announced on Wednesday, March 4.
Stevens seemingly confirmed the casting news on Twitter shortly after, posting a giant meme that read “Beast Mode.” The 32-year-old will join Harry Potter star Emma Watson, who signed on to play the Disney princess back in January.
— Dan Stevens (@thatdanstevens) March 5, 2015
Dracula Untold actor Luke Evans is in talks to play the egotistical villain Gaston.
It has not been announced yet as to whether the film will be a musical or not. But back in January, Watson, 24, wrote on Facebook, “I'm finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it. Emma xx.”