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

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March 16, 2015

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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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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments

1

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.

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 16, 2015

2

"Oh, and I think Sacha Baron Cohen would make a hilarious Lumiere." My god

HarryFiddleSticks on Mar 16, 2015

3

Just a random suggestion, no need to sound so rude about it...

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 16, 2015

4

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.

Jordan Odinson on Mar 16, 2015

5

I should propably stop fan casting if I'm this awful... 🙁

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 16, 2015

6

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

HarryFiddleSticks on Mar 16, 2015

7

Oh. Okay, thanks 🙂

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 16, 2015

8

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.

Jordan Odinson on Mar 16, 2015

9

I'm still more towards live-action Aladdin. And now live-action Hercules.

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 16, 2015

10

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.

SkylerB619 on Mar 16, 2015

11

That is pretty great casting there. Although, the original voice actress was Mrs. Pots.

DAVIDPD on Mar 16, 2015

12

Emma Thompson forever. And quickly in nomination Oscar after snub for Saving Mr Banks.

Mirko Billi on Mar 20, 2015

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