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Dan Stevens To Star Opposite Emma Watson In ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Movie

Wed, March 4, 2015 10:31pm EDT by Chris Rogers 4 Comments
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So exciting! Dan Stevens, the breakout star of ‘Downton Abbey,’ is reportedly in negotiations to play the Beast in Disney’s live-action retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ He’ll star opposite Emma Watson, who has already been cast as Belle!

Dan Stevens, 32, will allegedly play the Beast in Disney’s live-action remake of their tale as old as time — Beauty and the Beast! The Downton Abbey actor is in negotiations for the role, a new report claims, which will put him opposite Emma Watson, 24, in the highly-anticipated flick.

Dan Stevens Cast As The Beast In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Movie

Emma has already been cast as Belle, the “Beauty” of the movie, so it’s exciting to finally see that Dan has been cast as her love interest, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Dan previously played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey before his character died in a horrific car crash at the end of the third season.

And thankfully, Dan’s not the only casting news of the day. Earlier, it was announced that Luke Evans will play Gaston. This is so exciting!

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Movie — Will It Be A Musical?

Beauty and the Beast, which is a French fairytale, tells the story of a young woman who takes her father’s place as a prisoner in a beast’s castle. She eventually falls in love with him before he turns into a prince.

The studio has not yet confirmed if the retelling will be a musical, but Emma sort of implied that when she announced her casting on Facebook.

“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.’ … Time to start some singing lessons,” she said.

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— Chris Rogers