Ian McKellen to Play Cogsworth in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'

April 11, 2015
Source: Variety

Ian McKellen

British actor Ian McKellen has become very well known for his franchise roles as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and now he's heading into Disney territory for a perfect role. Variety reports McKellen will play the clock Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Cogsworth was the beast's butler before the curse placed over the castle turned everyone into various pieces of furniture. In the animated version from 1991, the clock was a rather worrisome uppity little fellow, constantly clashing with the suave energetic Lumiere, the candelabra, a role that has yet to be cast.

The cast of Beauty and the Beast is pretty impressive so far with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens taking the title roles, Luke Evans playing the brutish Gaston and Josh Gad playing his weasel of a sidekick Le Fou. Emma Thompson has also been cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline will play Belle's father. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is directing this new live-action musical version of the classic tale, and it's one of many new live-action adaptations of Disney films on the way, which also includes the elephant tale Dumbo to be directed by Tim Burton, the recently announced adaptation of Mulan, also the live-action Winnie the Pooh film, and the recently announced new version of Pinocchio. Will they all work?

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That came out of nowhere.

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 11, 2015


Maleficent worked, Cinderella worked and Alice In Wonderland worked (haters gotta hate!). Beauty And The Beast, Mulan and Pinocchio will definitely work. Dumbo is a little riskier one, but with Tim Burton directing, I suppose it is in good hands. When it comes to Winnie The Pooh, I just don't know... BTW, you forgot Favreau's The Jungle Book, that'll definitely be good!

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 11, 2015


I really like this casting choice, now let's see if he can affect a French accent!

matthew south on Apr 11, 2015


They are really going for a different sounding Cogsy. McKellen should slay this role.

DAVIDPD on Apr 11, 2015


Now, I wonder would it would be like, if McKellen voiced Cogsworth in the original '91 film……. *to the Angry Mob outside the Castle walls* "YOU SHALL NOT.." *then gets stepped-on by said Angry Mob* "Never-mind, then……."

Mark Brackney on Apr 18, 2015

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