'Beauty and the Beast,' Arrives in March 2017, Gets Emma Thompson

March 16, 2015

Emma Thompson

After Cinderella crushed the competition at the box office this past weekend, Disney is sticking with spring releases for their live-action fairytales as the studio has just announced that their new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (which will be getting a 3D release) will arrive in theaters on March 17th 2017. And with that news comes a couple new additions to the cast as well. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) will be playing Mrs. Potts while Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) will be playing the father of Belle (Emma Watson). But we're wondering who will play the bickering duo of Lumiere and Cogsworth in the adaptation.

Otherwise, as we've previously reported, Dan Stevens (The Guest) will play The Beast, Luke Evans (The Hobbit) will play Gaston and Josh Gad will play his sidekick Le Fou. There's bound to be more casting announced very soon with some key supporting roles left to be filled. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is directing from a script by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) with Oscar-winner Alan Menken scoring the film, creating new recordings of the original songs from the 1991 animated musical, as well as new songs that will be written with Tim Rice. Sounds like another home run in the making. Excited?

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  • Tuomas Lassila
    Very excited indeed, and I'm glad there's finally a release date for the film 😀 Now to think of how they will make the furniture for the film. Likely a mix of CGI and motion capture (especially for facial expressions). Oh, and I think Sacha Baron Cohen would make a hilarious Lumiere.
    • HarryFiddleSticks
      "Oh, and I think Sacha Baron Cohen would make a hilarious Lumiere." My god
      • Tuomas Lassila
        Just a random suggestion, no need to sound so rude about it...
        • Jordan Odinson
          Dude, Sacha Baron Cohen as Lumiere....they should totally make you a casting director for this. I think you might need to contact Disney right away also.
          • Tuomas Lassila
            I should propably stop fan casting if I'm this awful... :(
          • HarryFiddleSticks
            I didn't mean it negative. I think it's a pretty good fit :) You don't have to take every comment in a negative tone
          • Tuomas Lassila
            Oh. Okay, thanks :)
  • Jordan Odinson
    With all the live-action adaptations Disney is doing of their animated films, I would love to see an update of The Lion King. With the way CGI and Motion Capture technology has progressed now and after seeing a film like Dawn of The Planet of The Apes I totally think it could work.
    • Tuomas Lassila
      I'm still more towards live-action Aladdin. And now live-action Hercules.
  • SkylerB619
    Someone online awhile ago recommended Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Lum and Cogs and quite frankly that's still the best casting for those two I've heard yet.
    That is pretty great casting there. Although, the original voice actress was Mrs. Pots.
  • Mirko Billi
    Emma Thompson forever. And quickly in nomination Oscar after snub for Saving Mr Banks.




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