'Downton Abbey' Alum Dan Stevens to Join Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Luke Evans will also join the cast as Gaston.

'Downton Abbey' Alum Dan Stevens to Join Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast'
Getty, Disney

Beauty has found her Beast!

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens has been cast as the Beast in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, which will star Emma Watson as Belle.

Watson seemed pretty pleased with the casting news, writing on Twitter:

'Downton Abbey' Alum Dan Stevens to Join Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Meanwhile, Welsh actor Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Dracula Untold) has also been cast as Belle's boorish suitor Gaston.

'Downton Abbey' Alum Dan Stevens to Join Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast'
Getty, Disney

Emma Watson similarly expressed her excitement about Evans' casting on Twitter:

'Downton Abbey' Alum Dan Stevens to Join Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Disney has not confirmed that the Bill Condon-directed update of the classic tale will be a musical, but Emma Watson wrote on her Facebook page back n January, "...it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

What do you think about Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston? Hit the comments below with your take on the latest Beauty and the Beast casting news!

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