Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" movie is beefing up, with Luke Evans in negotiations to play the buff but brainless suitor Gaston and Dan Stevens in negotiations to play the fearsome yet kind-hearted Beast, The Times has confirmed.
Both actors acknowledged their presumptive new roles on Twitter, with Evans linking to the Variety story and Stevens posting an image reading "Beast Mode."
Evans and Stevens would join "Harry Potter" star
In Disney's 1991 animated musical version of "Beauty and the Beast," Gaston (voiced by
While Watson wrote on her Facebook page that it was "Time to start some singing lessons" back in January, "Beauty and the Beast" fans may be happy to know that Evans is a trained singer who has appeared in numerous stage musicals.
As for Stevens, he was once asked by Broadway.com what he thought about the idea of a "Downton" musical. He replied, "I sing occasionally, but I don't think you wanna hear me singing Matthew Crawley." If he needs lessons, he might not have to go far: His wife is a jazz vocalist and singing teacher.