Walt Disney Pictures have recently released our latest look at Luke Evans' (Dracula Untold) Gaston in Bill Condon's (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) live action take on Beauty And The Beast via Empire magazine.
No one's slick as Gaston, no one's quick as Gaston, and truly, no one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston's – and now we have photographic evidence.
"He gets as dark as any Disney character could possibly get", says Gaston himself, Luke Evans. The character, while still comic relief, is also an ex-soldier – there are, according to Evans, several shades to him. "This is a man who, for the first time in his life, hasn't got what he wanted."
Leading lady Emma Watson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), meanwhile, seems to have got everything she wanted, having been a Beauty And The Beast (1991) fan as a girl. "Belle was one of my idols growing up," she tells us. "I knew every word to the animation. I was born in Paris like Belle. We both love books, obviously. She is someone who doesn't really feel like she fits in, but she finds her place in the world and uses what makes her different. She was just inspiring to me."
Walt Disney Pictures' latest transformation of one of their beloved fairy tale animations to live action, finds Watson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) as Belle, the smart brave young woman who is sent to live with a monstrous beast (Dan Stevens). Naturally there are difficulties at first, but once we learn that the hairy creature is actually a cursed prince, the path is cleared for true love, romance and maybe a chance to reverse the evil spell.
Yet the path to happily ever after is littered with challenges, including a bitter, preening love rival in the shape of Gaston (Evans) and winning over the Beast's talking furniture, including Ewan McGregor's (The Impossible) candlestick Lumiere and Ian McKellen's (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) clock Cogsworth.
With Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Josh Gad (Love & Other Drugs) and Kevin Kline (The Last Of Robin Hood) also in the cast, Beauty And The Beast will arrive in cinemas on 17 March.