Saturday 16 November 2019

Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens to play the Beast opposite Emma Watson in Disney remake

Actor Dan Stevens arrives for the European premiere of
Actor Dan Stevens arrives for the European premiere of "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb"
Actor Dan Stevens and wife Susie Hariet
Shawn Levy, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Dan Stevens (left to right) in front of a depiction of Tutankhamun in the British Museum in London
Dan Stevens plays a US soldier in The Guest
A CARNIVAL FILMS PRODUCTION FOR ITV1. DOWNTON ABBEY. EPISODE 4 ITVÕs new costume drama series, Downton Abbey, written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and made by Carnival Films for ITV will star Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as RobertÕs wife, Cora, Countess of Grantham. They will lead an all-star cast, which also includes: Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James Collier, Joanne Froggatt and Rose Leslie. Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey will portray the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. PICTURED: DAN STEVENS as Matthew. This photograph is (C) ITV Plc/CARNIVAL FILMS and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com Photographer: NICK BRIGGS. For further information please contact: patrick.smith@itv.com
Emily Browning and Dan Stevens in Summer in February.
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The role of the Beast in Disney's upcoming re-telling of the classic tale may well go to Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Stevens is "in negotations" to star opposite Emma Watson who will play Belle and the recently cast Luke Evans, who is set to play the villain in the live action remake.

Aside from Downton, Stevens has been making inroads into a big screen career with roles in action/thriller The Guest, and appearances in Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Beauty and the Beast is the latest of Disney's classics to get a modern live-action makeover.

The next, Cinderella, opens next week whilst last year Maleficent - the Angelina Jolie-starring update on Sleeping Beauty - smashed the box office.

Disney's animated version of Beauty and the Beast was released

Emma Watson revealed she was on board in January.  The English actress, known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, was first attached to the movie back in 2011.

Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) is directing the reboot while Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is writing the script.

"I'm finally able to tell you that I will be playing Belle!" Watson wrote on her official Facebook page. "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Out 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 was initially lined-up to play Belle when Guillermo del Toro was on board to direct a version of the animated classic for Warner Bros. When that project was scrapped, permission was given to Disney to cast her instead.

The animated Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 and was nominated for six Oscars and won two - Best Music, Original Score, and Best Music, Original Song.

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