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Ewan McGregor joins Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast as Lumiere

04.21.2015
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Another anthropomorphic cast-member has been added to Bill Condon's live action take on Disney's animated classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Joining Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts will be Ewan McGregor as Lumiere the candlestick. He joins a roster of talent that already includes Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, and Audra McDonald.

Lumiere was one of the standout characters in the 1991 animated film. He was voiced by Broadway veteran and Law & Order icon Jerry Orbach. Ewan McGregor brings some musical talent with him as he played the lead in Baz Luhrmann's MOULIN ROUGE! I would assume that McGregor will get to perform the standout track "Be Our Guest" which has gone on to become one of Disney's most recognizable musical numbers thanks to composers Howard Ashman Alan Menken.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is shaping up to be Disney's biggest live action adaptation in terms of cast. There are still only a couple of roles left to fill but the major performers are now all accounted for. Hearing some of these folks belt out on the big screen should be quite the experience. I just hope the visual effects are up to the challenge.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is slated to hit theaters on March 17, 2017.

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8:03PM on 04/21/2015
As much as I like the cast, I just can't get excited about this. I love the animated, and I think part of the reason that movies works so well is because it is animated. There's a certain suspension of disbelief and innocent beauty that comes with the animation. I have no doubt this movie will make a lot of money, but the fact that it appears to be an exact copy of the cartoon makes me a little disappointed.
As much as I like the cast, I just can't get excited about this. I love the animated, and I think part of the reason that movies works so well is because it is animated. There's a certain suspension of disbelief and innocent beauty that comes with the animation. I have no doubt this movie will make a lot of money, but the fact that it appears to be an exact copy of the cartoon makes me a little disappointed.
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7:44PM on 04/21/2015
Perfect casting in my opinion. The casting for this film has been spot on, even though I wanted Anna Kendrick as Belle.
Perfect casting in my opinion. The casting for this film has been spot on, even though I wanted Anna Kendrick as Belle.
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7:23PM on 04/21/2015
Aww, I was expecting Sir Patrick Stewart but Ewan McGregor is still a good choice nonetheless.
Aww, I was expecting Sir Patrick Stewart but Ewan McGregor is still a good choice nonetheless.
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7:06PM on 04/21/2015

Luke?!

So this article got me very excited that I'd somehow missed the news my boy Luke Wilson was going to be in this... I believe you meant Evans. Hope crushed.
So this article got me very excited that I'd somehow missed the news my boy Luke Wilson was going to be in this... I believe you meant Evans. Hope crushed.
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7:46PM on 04/21/2015
Good catch. My bad.
Good catch. My bad.
6:24PM on 04/21/2015
I'm just thrilled Ewan McGregor is involved with this at all (wouldn't have ben a bad Gaston for my money), but I can hear him singing "Be Our Guest" already.
I'm just thrilled Ewan McGregor is involved with this at all (wouldn't have ben a bad Gaston for my money), but I can hear him singing "Be Our Guest" already.
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4:35PM on 04/21/2015
Let me see if I got this straight.

Hermione is playing Belle
Gandolf is playing Cogsworth
Obi Wan is playing Lumiere
PL Travers is playing Mrs Potts
and Olaf is playing Lefou

This sounds great to me
Let me see if I got this straight.

Hermione is playing Belle
Gandolf is playing Cogsworth
Obi Wan is playing Lumiere
PL Travers is playing Mrs Potts
and Olaf is playing Lefou

This sounds great to me
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5:19PM on 04/21/2015
Yes, it does!
Yes, it does!
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