Beauty and the Beast has found its leading beast man.
Dan Stevens will take the role of the gentle prince/monster in the upcoming live-action Disney update, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, the beauty.
Watson tweeted her happiness about the casting today.
Stevens, 32, is known for his Downton Abbey role as Matthew Crawley. He looks like he’s getting into character already.
Watson, 24, is known for Harry Potter and a ton of other things, of course.
Think they will make a good couple?
In other casting news for the film, Luke Evans from The Hobbit trilogy has been cast as the ego-tripping Gaston. Watson seems happy about this news, too.
Disney is busy with several classic updated on the horizon, including Cinderella, starring Lily James, also of Downton.
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As Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, Emma Watson has already proven she can pull off the role of a library-loving bookworm – a key qualification for her upcoming turn as Belle in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.
But can she sing?
“I imagine she’s good,” Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the films, told PEOPLE at Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter on Friday.
“She’s good at everything else!” said James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley.
“Emma works so hard,” adds Lynch. “Even if she’s not naturally a good singer, she will make herself great at it. She’s very conscientious.”
So, who should play the Beast in the film, to be directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon?
“People keep tweeting me like, ‘Tom Felton for the Beast!’ “ Lynch says of their fellow Potter castmate, who played sinister Slytherin Draco Malfoy. (Felton does have a not-so-hidden soft side, after all.)
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Emma Watson is joining Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast as the lead character Belle, the studio said on Monday.
The film will be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and Part 2) and is set to begin production in 2015. No release date has been announced.
The Harry Potter franchise actress also shared the news on her Facebook page.
“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,” Watson wrote.
Since its release in 1991, the animated Beauty and the Beast has grossed more than $145 million domestically in various releases, not accounting for inflation. The title also hit Broadway in 1994.
The development of a live-action version follows the studio’s other live-action updates of animated titles, including Alice in Wonderland (2010) and this year’s Cinderella, which is set to hit theaters on March 13. A Jon Favreau-directed live-action version of Jungle Book will be released in April 2016.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films are producing Beauty and the Beast. Condon was announced as director of the film in June 2014.