Casting Scoop: Beauty and the Beast
There is a method to the madness of social media. The fact that we can instantly share things with the click of a button and news appears on our timelines at lightning speed means there is a bevy of information at our fingertips. Here’s the thing. Last night I overshared about the recent casting news to hit my Twitter timeline. My “fangirl 101” obsession came out. Yes, I can admit to it. Most of you have probably heard about this, but because of that (and the fact that I shared about Cinderella’s casting on this blog), I couldn’t resist sharing – and since there was no publishing plans for the blog today… I decided it was worth a ramble.
Disney officially announced they’d be making a live-action version of the “timeless tale,” Beauty and the Beast and Emma Watson was attached to star as the Belle character. (This was “set in stone” a while back.) Though I’ve seen Emma in very little, I think she’ll do this role justice. Yesterday news broke that Luke Evans was signed on to star as Gaston, who we all know as the “baddie” of this story. But wait for it. Last night, it broke that Dan Stevens – *insert fangirl squeals* - had been confirmed (multiple sites) as the Beast.
Of course, there is a chance this is merely fodder to get us excited. Though one can hope not. We all know Dan as the beloved – and still missed, Matthew Crawley of Downton Abbey. I confess I’m not entirely sure about this as regards Dan’s looks because Dan does tend to have a “baby face” (meaning he has a really youthful face whereas the Beat character should be... dark, brooding and "harsh") but as an actor, I have no doubts of his talent. This could also be merely because I haven’t seen him play a “tortured” soul before. I think he’ll be splendid and in full beast-ly costume, he’s going to make this role epic.
There you have it, friends. If you’ve not seen this already on your FB, Twitter or other news feeds, I’d love to chat with you about your impressions – who did you envision in the roles? If you have and still want a place to vent or fangirl, the comments are open! Sound off with any thoughts you have.