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'Beauty and the Beast' Remake official cast revealed; HP star Emma Watson takes voice lessons to prepare for lead role, Luke Evans to play Gaston

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May 19
9:46 AM 2015

Nothing gets more and more exciting than the upcoming remake of the 1991 animated movie Beauty and the Beast. While we know that Emma Watson, the most adored Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series, will play Belle, the rest of the cast has also been officially announced. What's more, the movie, which will be released on March 2017, is going to be a musical!

The director of the film is Bill Condon, known for his Dreamgirls (2006) and the two-part Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (2011, 2012). It was written for the screen by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Though the story will remain faithful to the Linda Woolverton musical and Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont original "La Belle et la Bête".

Fans have been seeking out answers on who will play the rest of the characters, and it turns out that the movie will be a jam-packed with numerous stars. Bard the Bowman of The Hobbit Trilogy, Luke Evans, will play Gaston. He posted on his Instagram account photos of him recording songs with his co-stars in the movie, which further on confirms the movie will be out as a musical.

Our favorite Ceasar Flickerman of The Hunger Games, Stanley Tucci, will also voice Cadenza the grand piano. And Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor, will play Lumiere, the candlestick butler. What's more, Gandalf of LOTR Trilogy, Sir Ian McKellen, joins in as Cogsworth, the clock butler.

Jupiter Ascending's Famulus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, will also voice Plumette, Lumiere's girlfriend. Frozen's Olaf, Josh Gad, will play Le Fou. He even posted a photo of him with his co-stars. And Professor Sybil Trelawney of the HP series , Emma Thompson, will be Mrs. Potts. Belle's father, Maurice, will be played by Pink Panther's Dreyfus, Kevin Kline.

Lastly, of course, the beast role will be played by Dowtown Abbey's Matthew Crawley, Dan Stevens.

Many had been offered of the roles, like Ryan Gossling for the beast, and Eddie Redmayne for Gaston, but both turned down. Even Kristen Stewart was considered for the lead role, as she and director Bill Condon enjoyed working together on the final two films of "The Twilight Saga".

The rest of the cast will be Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Hattie Morahan as the enchantress, Adrian Schiller as Monsieur D'Arque,  and Henry Garrett and Harriet Jones as the king and queen.

The songs from the original musical such as "Home", "If I Can't Love Her", and "A Change in Me" will also be sang in the movie. And to prepare for the movie, Emma Watson, who had been a fan of the movie since childhood, said that she had been taking singing classes.

Ian McKellen, who voices Cogsworth in this film, had starred as the Marvel Comics villain Magneto. David Ogden Stiers, who voices Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (1991), had starred as the DC Comics villain the Penguin.

Now that the perfect cast has been released, and our favorite stars included, how can we make time go faster and make it 2017 already? Do you all agree to the choices?

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