Luke Evans to Play Gaston in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Beauty and the Beast: Luke Evans

Luke Evans is in negotiations to play the villainous Gaston in Disney’s live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” which stars “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson as Belle and “Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens as the Beast.

Bill Condon is directing, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films producing. The script was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Steve Chbosky.

Production will begin later this year. No release date has been set.

On Thursday, Watson confirmed Evans and Stevens’ casting via Twitter.

Stevens also tweeted his own message about securing the Beastly role.

In the original tale, Gaston was the handsome antagonist who tried to win Belle’s heart and, after losing it to the beast, led a group of townspeople on a hunt to kill the creature.

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 pics to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.

Disney has several reboots of classic tales on the horizon, with “Cinderella,” starring Lily James, opening next Friday. Also in the works are 3-D retellings of “The Jungle Book” and “Pete’s Dragon.”

Evans, a busy actor in the fantasy realm of late, was last seen in New Line’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” He also starred in Universal’s “Dracula Untold” after playing the villain in “Fast and Furious 6.”

The Welsh actor can be seen next in Ben Wheatley’s “High Rise.” He is also currently shooting “Message From the King” alongside Chadwick Boseman, to be followed up with a starring role in another Wheatley film, “Free Fire.”

Evans is repped by United Agents and WME.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of Stevens’ casting.

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  1. Susan says:

    Oh Disney….don’t tell me there were no Americans you could have plucked from the Broadway stage to play the leading roles in your non-animated film of Beauty and the Beast???!!! Are any of your stars trained singers?? I suppose with all the technology in recording studios these days, it doesn’t really matter!!!

  2. Great, another Disney production with mainly British cast (Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens) that will also be filmed in England (a la Maleficent, Into the Woods, Cinderella).

    Why does Disney hate America(ns)?

    • Emma5593 says:

      Well, I don’t think they hate American celebs to play the roles, but I think the Brit’s english language was the reason and maybe their accent, that’s why.. they’re accent is more appropriate since the age is [Victorian]? Princesses and Princes which Brits are popular for that..

  3. monica says:

    they definitely could have done better for all the actors and actresses.

    • Bea says:

      I don’t have a problem with Luke Evans. Can’t say about Stevens. Emma though, one of the worst actress out there. But you know what they say, these kinds of movies doesn’t need much quality actors.

  4. Victor Field says:

    “…one of the few animated pics to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.”

    More like the first one ever (and the ONLY one to get a best picture nomination without having to go through the Best Animated Feature category).

    • woody says:

      nope. toy story 3 was nominated in best pic category as well as animated category.

      • TOY STORY 3 and UP only got Best Picture nods because they expanded the category to 10 nominees. At least BatB did it when there were only 5 slots available. That’s a more impressive feat.

  5. Jaclyn says:

    quoting the article “and ‘Downton Abbey’ alum Dan Stevens as the Beast.” however I am not sure if this is correct info because there is no such confirmation on IMDB.

  6. guest says:

    Great News! He is very talented will do a great job of it!

  7. asissig says:

    Reblogged this on ~asis lives and breathes words~ and commented:
    omg yess

  8. me says:

    WAAAAY too old for Gaston. Who will play the Beast, Christopher Plummer?

    • Adaline says:

      If anything Emma Watson is to young! Belle is supposed to be this beautiful womanly figure!

    • Sue Lutt says:

      really?? he’s 35. A lot of the leading men are in there mid thirties now. Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eddie Redmayne,James Franco, Chris Pine, and the list goes on. Good on Luke Evans for getting this role.

  9. M Mich. says:

    Luke will make a great villain! Hope he turns up in DC or Marvel soon.

  10. debbie81460 says:

    who is playing the beast

  11. TNK says:

    So we’ve got Bard as Gaston. Let’s get Thorin (Richard Armitage) as the Beast! With his beautiful deep voice he would play the role beautifully!

  12. Shannon B says:

    I wonder who will be playing the Beast

  13. Doris Schoepke says:

    That’s great…i wish Luke Evans and Emma Watson good lock for this movie :-)

    • Toula Georgiadi-Pahtikou says:

      I’m sure for this, especially for Luke… He is always gorgeous and wonderful and don’t forget this…
      He is an attractive man and he has also a sensational voice…!!! Do you want more than these things?Because if the answer is yes, I have to tell you so many things yet…Wow!!!

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