Thursday, 30 April 2015

Gugu Mbatha-Raw set for Beauty And The Beast

The cast for Walt Disney Pictures' new, live action take on Beauty And The Beast continues to grow in interesting ways. News has arrived via Variety that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who played a very different Belle in the eponymous drama last year, has been cast as Plumette.

In the 1991 cartoon version, Plumette is the Beast's maid, who, thanks to the dark curse that befalls everyone in his castle, is turned into a feather duster. How the character will be brought to life on screen for Condon's new version remains to be seen, though we figure the computer generated effects teams will be busy.

This take on the tale already boasts a great ensemble, with Emma Watson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) aboard to play Belle, Dan Stevens (The Guest) as the Beast, Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston, Josh Gad (Love & Other Drugs) as Le Fou, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (The Last Of Robin Hood) as Belle's father Maurice and Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Garderobe. Condon is working from a script by The Perks Of Being A Wallflower's (2012) Stephen Chbosky.

The cameras will be cranking this May at Shepperton Studios, with the movie targeting a 17 March 2017 release in the States and over here. Mbatha-Raw, last seen in The Wachowski's (Cloud Atlas) Jupiter Ascending, is currently at work opposite Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) in Gary Ross' (The Hunger Games) The Free State Of Jones.

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