Dan Stevens Signs on to ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Dan Stevens Cast in Beauty and the Beast
Dan Stevens at the Toronto International Film Festival for DreamWorks Pictures’ ‘The Fifth Estate’ (Photo by Eric Charbonneau / Invision for DreamWorks Pictures / AP Images)

Downton Abbey fans may still be in mourning over Dan Stevens’ exit a few seasons back, but Stevens hasn’t been at a loss on how to fill his work hours after leaving that critically acclaimed series. Last year Stevens drew rave reviews for his starring role in The Guest and this year the handsome Brit is changing things up with a lead role in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Stevens will be starring as the ‘Beast’ opposite Emma Watson’s ‘Beauty’ in the live-action version of the classic fairy tale.

Beauty and the Beast marks a reunion for actor Stevens and director Bill Condon who previously worked together on The Fifth Estate. The cast will also include Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston.

Watson confirmed the rumors of Stevens and Evans’ casting via twitter, welcoming both of her new co-stars to the Beauty and the Beast production.

And Stevens confirmed his involvement with a special tweet:

Stevens also responded to Watson’s welcome with a suitable Beast response:

-By Rebecca Murray

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