Dan Stevens, Luke Evans join Emma Watson in Disney’s live-action ‘Beauty And The Beast’

Stevens will play the Beast and Evans has been cast as Gaston

Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and The Hobbit‘s Luke Evans have landed lead roles in Disney’s forthcoming live-action version of Beauty And The Beast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stevens is in talks to play the Beast/Prince, while Evans is being lined up to play dashing baddie Gaston. They will star alongside Emma Watson, who announced that she has been cast as Belle in January.

Dreamgirls‘ Bill Condon is set to direct Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast movie from a script by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) and Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules). Shooting is due to start later this year but Disney has yet to announce the film’s release date.

Disney previously adapted Jeanne-Marie Leprince’s traditional French fairy tale La Belle Et La Bête into a much-loved animated film featuring the popular songs ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘Something There’ and ‘Beauty And The Beast’. Released in 1991, it became the first ever animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Disney’s new Beauty And The Beast movie will follow its live-action version of another classic fairy tale, Cinderella, which stars Downton Abbey actress Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, and opens in UK cinemas on March 27. Watch the trailer below.