Stanley Tucci Rounds Out Cast of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Stanley Tucci has closed a deal to join the cast of Disney’s live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

Tucci will be playing Cadenza the grand piano, a new character to the realm who is described as a neurotic maestro.

Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Ewan McGregor also star.

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. The studio has set a March 17, 2017, release for the pic.

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, including retellings of “The Jungle Book” “Mulan” and “Winnie the Pooh.”

Tucci has recently been seen on the Pivot drama “Fortitude,” which was just renewed for a second season. He has a handful of films set to bow this year, including the drama “Spotlight” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”

He is repped by CAA and the Curtis Brown Group.

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  1. VML says:

    Excited to have Stanley Tucci on board but Bill Condon, David Hoberman Todd Lieberman, Evan Spiliotopoulos, Steve Chbosky: PLEASE consider revising this character. This “neurotic maestro Cadenza” certainly is not a new character — let us not forget the evil PIPE ORGAN Maestro Forte from the sequel (midquel) “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” voiced by the magnificent Tim Curry and whose CGI was supervised by Paul Hunt.

    Not only would the inclusion of Forte in the film be more familiar viewers, surely an anthropomorphic pipe organ would be more visually pleasing than a piano (and you could include awesome baroque organ music contemporary with the time period!). Not to mention most court composers at that time were organists and the piano was JUST invented (if the film is taking place before the French Revolution).

    Please please please consider rewriting this “Cadenza” to be Maestro Forte instead. While it would be impossible to include his plot, it would be awesome to keep him as a pipe organ with proud and jealous tendencies and his original name.

  2. “New character”? A neurotic maestro? Hmmm. Where have we heard THAT before? Oh, that’s right. The Enchanted Christmas!! Let’s not forget that Tim Curry played Maestro Forte, easily one of the most frightening villains that Disney has ever created.

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