As many of you might have heard, Emma Watson has been cast in Disney’s latest animated to live action adaptation, Beauty and the Beast. Now that we can breath a sigh of relief that this isn’t Kirsten Stewart’s turn to dance around the gold ballroom, I believe it is time for yet another fun trip down Dream Casting lane. So grab your enchanted roses, magic mirrors, and grey stuff – let’s Dream Cast Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. (
And pssst – maybe it’ll actually come true!)
First things first: I’m convinced this movie is going to be an adaptation of not specifically the Disney animated film, but the musical from Disney Theatrical. Here are some clues:
– Bill Condon is directing, and the majority of his work has been with musicals. And considering the labor of love that was Side Show, I’m sure he’s wanting to continue with his musical love fest.
– Emma Watson has mentioned that she can’t wait to be singing “Something There” in her Facebook post.
– In an interview with Michael Eisner from first special edition DVD release of the movie, he mentions that he was interested/has been in talks with many people to make a film adaptation of the musical to celebrate an anniversary of the movie or the musical itself.
And if this is indeed the case with the movie, I will be ever so happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the animated film to pieces and it is among my favorites from the Disney catalog. But, in all honesty, I love the musical even more. I’ve seen the show 8 times now (both on Broadway and National Tour) and I never get sick of the story, jokes, stunning set design, and especially the music.
So, with that in mind, all casting choices below will have to have the following credentials:
– Can sing (legit, no auto-tune please!)
– Can act (duh!)
– Can’t be afraid of the theatrics!
Also keep in mind, since the musical (unlike the movie) doesn’t point out the specific ages of the characters, no one here is really too young or old for these roles.
Now with that in mind, let’s begin with the most crucial casting:
The Beast/Prince Adam played by Ramin Karimloo
I’m gonna have to agree with a recent Playbill.com poll on this one. Ramin is one of my favorite vocalists and current theater performers in the world. Many people know him for his turn as Erik, The Phantom in both The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies. Though some may whine about that role making him an easy casting choice for The Beast, I wouldn’t completely agree. The Beast is a role that is actually more comedic, something Ramin hasn’t really done before. Granted, he’s very good at playing tortured, tough characters, but this being a more kid friendly sort of role might be the exact challenge he needs.
Easily the thing that many people would be the most excited for is to hear Ramin sing the haunting “If I Can’t Love Her,” which I could see him doing an incredible job with. If you want to get a taste of what that could sound like, I recommend checking out a clip of him singing “Till I Hear You Sing” from Love Never Dies, below.
Also, someone that plays The Beast needs to be crazy strong, and many will tell you that Ramin has that in the bag, and in the abs. But physical excellency aside, Ramin has a lot going for him to win this part.
Gaston played by Ryan Silverman
I’m going with a bit of a wildcard here, but I could definitely see newcomer Ryan Silverman as the town hero, Gaston. While Ryan might not be the most cartoonishly buff dude on the planet, the guy has a couple of fantastic qualities similar to everyone’s favorite beer-drinking, deer-hunting, French guy: He’s got the most incredible eyebrows, period. He’s ridiculously charming, which aids him in the ladies department and with winning over the townspeople in general, and he’s also got a great set of pipes. Some of you readers might recognize Ryan from the recent revival of Side Show, and if you were lucky to catch him in that, then you’ll know why he would make a really interesting choice for Gaston.
If you’d like to get a sample of Ryan’s smooth vocals, here’s his cover of the classic tune “Sway.” Here I think it’s pretty easy to detect the possible “Gaston vibes.” Personally, I can hear a lot of what “Me,” the song in which Gaston tries to propose to Belle, would sound like here.
Lumiere played by Jean Dujardin
I’ve seen this guy get picked on a couple of other lists recently, and I can’t agree more with Jean as Lumiere. He’s clearly got the accent, the charm and the energy to do the part to perfection, especially when “Be Our Guest” comes up. Even though Disney is probably going to go with some CGi/Motion Capture type deal with the object characters, either way, Jean will work it out like the boss he is.
If you’re curious to see/hear what Jean sounds like singing, here is a clip of him during an interview with Peter Travers:
Cogsworth played by Matt Lucas
I’m a little obsessed with Matt Lucas. I feel like he’s one of the underrated actors in the world, and he also happens to have a fantastic singing voice. Though he might not stereotypically be the Cogsworth we’re used to, I think he could do an awesome job, especially with his history of both musical theater and fantasy films from the past couple of years. He’s silly, lovable, but could totally do the uptight nature of the character with ease.
If you haven’t been convinced, check out Lucas singing in the kitchen with his friend Alfie Boe (who spoiler alert, also needs to be cast in more things).
Mrs. Potts played by Emma Thompson
Now, if I were in control, I pretty much would have Emma Thompson play every single role in this movie, and every movie, for the rest of eternity. But because I don’t have that ability, I guess I’d be fine with her playing Mrs. Potts. She’s got the warm qualities of the character, but also the honest and blunt aspects of when to tell The Beast what’s what. And heck, we know girlfriend can sing like a boss, and if you need to be proven such a fact, watch the clip down below of her in Sweeney Todd this past year.
So those are some of my picks! In general, let’s hope Disney and Bill Condon chose some really awesome, super talented, individuals for this project. With Emma Watson on board, it could be one classy affair! And hopefully it won’t turn into a raving, autotune party. Right, Maurice?
But now I leave the question to you, who else should be a part of this dream cast? Who should play Le Fou? What about Maurice? Do you like any of the choices above? Do you hate them? Comment below and tell us your choices!