Saturday, 25 April 2015

Ian McKellen 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. Today we can sound the Gods And Monsters (1998) reunion klaxon, with news arriving via Variety that director Bill Condon has hired Ian McKellen to play talking timepiece Cogsworth.

In the 1991 cartoon version, Cogsworth was the Beast's loyal butler, turned into a chatty clock thanks to the dark curse that befalls his master and everyone else in the castle. 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. McKellen will next be seen as an aged Sherlock in Conson's Mr. Holmes, out on 19 June, and is one of the voices for computer animated cartoon Animal Crackers, which is headed to screens next year.

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