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Luke Evans to play Gaston in live action Beauty and the Beast

03.04.2015

While they have yet to find their Beast, Disney has found their live action Gaston for Bill Condon's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. After tackling Middle Earth and the Dracula mythology, Luke Evans will play Belle's chauvinist love interest in the film. The film will be written by THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER's Stephen Chbosky and will be a musical inspired by the Oscar-winning 1991 animated film.

Emma Watson, who plays Belle, was previously linked to the Guillermo Del Toro version of the movie. When that fizzled out, she joined the latest in Disney's growing library of live action takes on their animated masterpieces. Disney has CINDERELLA opening this month as well as versions of THE JUNGLE BOOK and PETE'S DRAGON slated in the next couple of years. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will begin production this year.

Evans seems like perfect casting for Gaston as he is able to exude equal parts sex appeal and douche-baggery as evidenced in FAST 6. His musical chops will be called into question as the iconic Disney numbers from the film and Broadway musical will be hard to recreate in a live action movie. Condon as experience having worked on DREAMGIRLS, but you really don't want to mess with Disney fans.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST currently has no release date but I would expect to see it hit late 2016.

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Source: Variety

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11:27PM on 03/04/2015
Also Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey has been cast as The Beast
Also Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey has been cast as The Beast
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11:05PM on 03/04/2015
well he does have a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston
well he does have a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston
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10:49PM on 03/04/2015
The 35 year old Luke Evans will be eyeing the 25 year old Emma Watson? This Gaston is gonna take douchebaggery to a whole new disturbing level.
The 35 year old Luke Evans will be eyeing the 25 year old Emma Watson? This Gaston is gonna take douchebaggery to a whole new disturbing level.
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11:26PM on 03/04/2015
10 year age differences between romantic interests, or in this case, disinterests...are nothing new.
10 year age differences between romantic interests, or in this case, disinterests...are nothing new.
9:09PM on 03/04/2015
I like the guy in that video. Still, I'd have gone with Patrick Warburton but Luke Evans is a good actor. He'll do the job just fine.
I like the guy in that video. Still, I'd have gone with Patrick Warburton but Luke Evans is a good actor. He'll do the job just fine.
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8:21PM on 03/04/2015
In my adult age I find Beauty and the Beast is probably the Disney movie that has aged the best for me. It's got arguably the smartest Disney princess, and bullies like Gaston actually exist. Luke Evans wouldn't have been my first pick to play the live-action version. I always saw Gaston as more of a frat boy. Someone like Armie Hammer could do wonders with both the charm and the smarm of the character. I'm surprised they didn't think of Evans to play the Beast though. Against-type
In my adult age I find Beauty and the Beast is probably the Disney movie that has aged the best for me. It's got arguably the smartest Disney princess, and bullies like Gaston actually exist. Luke Evans wouldn't have been my first pick to play the live-action version. I always saw Gaston as more of a frat boy. Someone like Armie Hammer could do wonders with both the charm and the smarm of the character. I'm surprised they didn't think of Evans to play the Beast though. Against-type maybe?

Anyway, between Bill Condon and Stephen Chbosky, and Disney's recent run of hits, I have hope.
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9:02AM on 03/05/2015
I agree with you 100%. I think Evans is better suited for Beast and would own the role. Armie has the Gaston look that's for sure but I think he would ham it up too much maybe like The Lone Ranger.
I agree with you 100%. I think Evans is better suited for Beast and would own the role. Armie has the Gaston look that's for sure but I think he would ham it up too much maybe like The Lone Ranger.
6:39PM on 03/04/2015
Patrick Warburton. Done.
Patrick Warburton. Done.
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5:52PM on 03/04/2015
Good casting. And the guy can sing too, so it's basically a win win.
Good casting. And the guy can sing too, so it's basically a win win.
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5:34PM on 03/04/2015
They should cast Kanye.
Kanye already IS a live action version of Gaston.
They should cast Kanye.
Kanye already IS a live action version of Gaston.
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8:09PM on 03/04/2015
That would be too perfect!
That would be too perfect!
5:30PM on 03/04/2015

Not bad, but feel he doesn't have the muscle mass

I know, I know, a man can gain muscle mass but" No one's neck's as incredibly thick" as Gaston's and that is something that you can't just forget. I was hoping for someone just bigger but I was looking on the Disney casting site and they said Gaston is between 5'10" and 6'2" so Evans fits the bill.
I know, I know, a man can gain muscle mass but" No one's neck's as incredibly thick" as Gaston's and that is something that you can't just forget. I was hoping for someone just bigger but I was looking on the Disney casting site and they said Gaston is between 5'10" and 6'2" so Evans fits the bill.
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