Sunday, 29 March 2015

Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline set for Beauty And The Beast

News arrives via The Wrap that Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Kevin Kline (The Last Of Robin Hood) have joined Walt Disney Pictures' new, live action take on Beauty And The Beast.

Emma Watson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) is aboard to play Belle, a young woman who agrees to take her father's place in the home of a cursed prince that has been turned into a beastly creature (Dan Stevens). She is also courted by the arrogant misogynist Gaston (Luke Evans), who, when she rejects his advances in favour of the charming Beast, sets off on a course of revenge.

Josh Gad (Love & Other Drugs) signed on most recently as Gaston's bumbling sidekick Le Fou and now Kline is set to play Belle's father Maurice, with Thompson inheriting the role of Mrs. Potts, the enchanted talking (and singing) teapot who lives in the Beast's castle. And from the sounds of it, director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) is maintaining the musical aspects from the 1991 animated version, with Academy Award® wining composer Alan Menken back to craft the score and re-recording the songs from that film along with new material from Menken and Sir Tim Rice.

Condon is working from a script by The Perks Of Being A Wallflower's (2012) Stephen Chbosky and is set to kick off shooting this coming May at Shepperton Studios, aiming for a freshly set US release date of 17 March 2017.

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