The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Walt Disney Pictures has selected Dan Stevens (The Guest) to play the iconic Beast in it’s upcoming adaptation of the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s classic fairy tale. Stevens will work opposite Emma Watson’ as she is set to take on the role of Belle in the upcoming live-action film. But wait! There’s more! Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) is set to take on the role of Gaston! The film will be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films.
This continues the trend of live action Disney adaptations that have been hitting theaters of late, which started with the highly successful Alice in Wonderland in 2010 and continued with last years Maleficent. Next week marks the live action return of Cinderella as the Kenneth Branagh directed film hits theaters. Disney also will release a live action Jungle Book in early 2016.