Mary-Kate Olsen will join the cast of Beastly, a modern day take on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, Variety reported today. Beastly is based on the Alex Flinn fantasy novel that moves the story of the Beast and Belle to modern day New York City.
The project, which is being put together by CBS films, will also star High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens as the fair maiden.
Mary-Kate’s role sounds pretty small. The tale starts when a spoiled rich kid dumps his date (played by MK). Mary-Kate is Kendra, the evil witch, who decides to punish the prince for scorning her. His punishment? A nasty curse that turns him into everything he hates. The only way to break the spell is to find true love.
Beastly will begin shooting on June 13th in Montreal, Canada. Also starring in the film is Alex Pettyfer, who plays the beast.
I think this will be a fun and different role for MK. It can’t be that large, because it’s filming the same time as her other project Meskada. It’s one of CBS’s first feature film projects so I’m excited to see how they adapt the book while still staying true to the fairy tale so many people know and love.
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