Disney has entered into negotiations with Luke Evans to play Gaston in their live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, alongside Emma Watson, who signed on to play Belle back in January. We reported last month that Disney had offered the Beast role to Ryan Gosling, but it isn’t known if a deal was ever reached. In the original fairy tale, Gaston was the charming antagonist who tried to win over Belle, but when she ended up with the Beast, he lead an angry mob to kill him. Like the 1991 Disney animated adaptation, which is one of the select few animated movies to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, this live action Beauty and the Beast will also be a musical, although no further story details were given. The animated Beauty and the Beast grossed over $375 million worldwide and spawned a Broadway musical adaptation as well. This new Beauty and the Beast is just one of several live action fairy tale adaptations being set up at Disney, including Cinderella, which opens next week, The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, both of which are set for release next year.
Bill Condon is directing Beauty and the Beast from a script originally written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing through their Mandeville Films company, with production slated to begin later this year.
Luke Evans most recently starred in Dracula Untold and The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. The actor will next be seen in High-Rise and he is currently shooting Message From the King alongside Chadwick Boseman. The actor will also shoot another film later this year from High-Rise director Ben Wheatley entitled Free Fire, alongside Olivia Wilde.