Theater Thursday: “Beauty and the Beast” Live Action Casting – Part 2

So, since the release of my dream casting article, some updates have come about in terms of the casting of a certain Disney project that I am a bit obsessed with. And since this is Theater Thursday, and certain predictions of mine seem to have come true, let’s take an updated look on this new musical movie….. First off:

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– Yep, it’s a musical. Definitely a musical. 

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– Emma Thompson might actually play Mrs. Potts. 

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– Tim Rice is credited, which makes the possibility of my favorite Disney song of all time being in the movie, super likely. 

AND OH YEAH, THIS JUST GOT CONFIRMED:

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YEAH, LUKE EVANS AS GASTON. THAT’S A THING.

So with many awesome dreams of mine, and many a fan’s, seeming to come true, what else could possibly be in store for the new live action Disney flick? Well, though not completely confirmed, there is a possibility that the guy portraying Watson’s cursed co-star is none other than former Mousekeeter, Ryan Gosling…..

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Now, let me pour the “T” on this rumor: Personally, I don’t think Ryan is ready for this kind of a role. Listen, he is incredibly talented, and with roles in both Drive and A Place Beyond The Pines, the guy has definitely impressed me over the years. But, in all honesty, Ryan is too “modern” of an actor to really embody the timeless qualities this particular role demands. Even if you put a long wig on him, and some floppy white blouses, he doesn’t have enough of the “fairy tale” charm needed to come off convincing. And also, even though he can decently carry a tune, I could never imagine that voice singing “If I Can’t Love Her”, ever.

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And then…..

Just as I was about to write an article in which I was going to explain why a certain actor should be cast INSTEAD of Ryan, it seems Disney came to their senses and realized, “Yes, Dalin, you are correct. You, in fact, are a fortuneteller, and know the true magic of fan casting.”

Yep, my #1 non-musical theater talent choice for Beast got chosen. Meet….

Dan Stevens as The Beast

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Known mostly for his work as the immortally loved Matthew from Downton Abbey, Dan has the fairy tale, classic matinee idol thing that Ryan lacks. First of all, can we talk about those baby blues? If you remember in Disney’s retelling, the Beast’s eyes are a big visual theme throughout the film, which gives Dan an advantage over Ryan, obviously. Dan also recently starred in the third Night at the Museum film, in which he did a stellar job, in both his physical and comedic performance, something the role of Disney’s Beast demands, big time. But don’t worry, Dan can also do the serious, intimidating parts with ease, as he showed in last year’s The Guest, perfectly. And did I mention he rocks the long locks like a boss?

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Unfortunately, Dan has yet to prove in any way that he can sing, but since his wife is a singer/singing coach, chances are he also has that ball in his court as well. Or, at least we’ll be super supportive and optimistic about it.

So am I a little bit excited? Uh, no…. I AM A LOT EXCITED. What are your feelings thus far on Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast? Comment below with your thoughts, excitement, and more!

Now, I’m just going to continue looking like this, as I realize all my Disney fairy tale movie dreams are coming true…. 

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