Ian McKellen to Play Cogsworth in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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After portraying a wizard and a mutant in two lucrative franchises, Ian McKellen’s next role will be a piece of furniture. The British thesp is set to play Cogsworth in Disney’s live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, Variety can exclusively reveal.

Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Emma Thompson also star. Bill Condon is directing from a script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Stephen Chbosky. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films are producing.

Production will begin later this year for a Mar. 17, 2017 release.

In the original Disney movie, Cogsworth was the Beast’s loyal butler, who was transformed into a clock by a curse that overtook the castle.

The studio’s 1991 animated feature version of “Beauty and the Beast” grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play and became one of the few animated films to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.

Disney has several live-action reboots of classic tales on the horizon, including “Mulan,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,” “The Jungle Book” and “Pete’s Dragon.”

McKellen recently reprised his role of Gandalf in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and can be seen next in Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” hitting theaters on July 17. He is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group.

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  1. Jacques Strappe says:

    I know absolutely nothing about this planned film. How does Disney plan on rendering inanimate objects like furniture, clocks and candlesticks using live actors? CGI has gotten very sophisticated but will the actor’s faces be recognizable or is this a case of voice overs only? Is this film a musical like the animated version?

  2. Gabe says:

    we got cogsworth that’s lumiere’s next I think

  3. Chelsea says:

    Yay.

  4. Mina says:

    Now all they need to do is to cast Sir Patrick Stewart as Lumiere. IT COULD BE FANTASTIC!!!

    • Kay says:

      Totally that would be perfect. And Angela Lansberry should reprise her roll as Mrs.Potts it would be really hard to have anyone else play her.

  5. TinaD says:

    Would like to see Tom Felton feature in a Disney film

  6. Derek P says:

    Hope they can find a role for Dame Angela Lansbury, that would be great too.

  7. danny puppet says:

    Boy I hope the cast patrick stewart as Lumier

  8. sharon walker says:

    Perfect casting!

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