Josh Gad joins Emma Watson in Disney’s live-action ‘Beauty And The Beast’ film

Dan Stevens and Luke Evans also have lead roles in the live-action remake

Wedding Ringers star Josh Gad is the latest addition to the ever-expanding cast of Disney’s new live-action version of Beauty And The Beast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gad is “in final negotiations” to play Le Fou, the clownish sidekick of dashing baddie Gaston, who will be portrayed by Luke Evans. Evans and Dan Stevens, who will play the Beast/Prince, joined the cast earlier this month (March) after Emma Watson announced in January that she has been cast as Belle.

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.