/disney-beauty-beast-remake-cast-photo-selfie/Yesterday, we got our first look at the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou, shared a selfie that included himself alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Missing from the photo was Ian McKellen, who stars as the Beast's butler turned alarm clock Cogsworth. To make up for that, he has reported back from the set with an in-depth account of the first table read.
Beauty and the Beast will begin shooting in London very soon under the direction of Bill Condon, best known for musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls. Also participating in the cast read were Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), though they were not pictured. The only primary character from the animated version that hasn't been cast yet is Lumiere, voiced by Jerry Orbach in the 1991 movie.
You can read Ian McKellen's words below, which make the production sound quite magical in its own right. It's obvious that the acclaimed actor still loves what he does for a living, and its great to see him share that enthusiasm with all of us. The following note is also of interest, as it mentions Ian McKellen's Mr. Holmes co-star Hattie Morahan. It is not known if she has been officially cast in the movie, or if she was just sitting in on the table read. Check it out:
"Beauty and the Beast" starts! pic.twitter.com/nOZ7Nk0KVf— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) April 15, 2015