Disney is making another Beauty and the Beast movie, this time live-action. Yesterday it was announced that Bill Condon, known for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, will be its director. There are no plot details yet, so it’s not clear what version of the story it will be or whether it will be a musical. Warner Bros. also has a Beauty and the Beast film in the works from Guillermo del Toro with Emma Watson to star, so it’ll be interesting to see how they compare.
We can never resist a pretend casting around here, so let’s get to it. I’m going to assume this version of the story will follow Disney’s animated version, so that’s what I’m basing the characters on. On the other hand, I’m not treating it as a musical as of yet because they haven’t made that clear, so singing voices are irrelevant.
1. Brie Larson as Belle
Brie’s got the same intelligence and spunk that Belle shows, and she’s just a downright fantastic actress. She’s also got all the qualities to be Hollywood’s next young It Girl, and this could be the perfect way to make that happen. I just like her a lot, so let’s do this, Disney!
2. Theo James as The Beast
He’s brooding and intense and masculine, and he looks super handsome sans fur. I could totally buy him as both a prince and a fantasy creature. Plus he’s got the Divergent fan base behind him.
3. Armie Hammer as Gaston
Yesterday I posted my choices for who should play the Disney villains if they got their own movies. And I like the idea of Armie so much I’m going to keep him. My what a guy, that Gaston!
4. Josh Gad as LeFou
Just try to tell me this wouldn’t be amazing. Anyone who laughed at everything Olaf the Snowman said in Frozen has to agree with me. Josh is just the perfect comedic sidekick.
5. Sylvester McCoy as Maurice
When you say “eccentric inventor,” my mind immediately goes to Sylvester McCoy. He was The Doctor on Doctor Who in the ’80s, and more recently he’s been the wizard Radagast in the Hobbit movies.
6. Martin Freeman as Cogsworth
Here’s where things get a little trickier. Will the talking objects be included in this version of the story? Will they be computer-animated? If they are, you need actors who can look the part when the curse is lifted but also sound the part when they’re playing inanimate objects. For the fussy, scolding clock Cogsworth, I immediately think of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Another Hobbit actor, yes. Don’t mind me, I’m just mildly obsessed.
7. Jean Dujardin as Lumiere
Oh, you need a charming French accent? Look no further. He also has an Oscar, if that helps.
8. Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Potts
Mrs. Potts to me is very motherly and very British, but she’s also got an edge to her, and that’s exactly what Helena Bonham Carter is. Plus, she already has Disney adaptation experience as the Queen of Hearts. She’s an old pro.
9. The Kardashians as the Bimbettes
This is half a joke and half something I could actually see Disney doing. But honestly, when you need to cast three ditzy, interchangeable women to fawn over Gaston, there’s really no better choice. Just don’t show this post to Kris Jenner or she’ll get ideas.