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Dan Stevens attends the UK Premiere of "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb" at Empire Leicester Square on December 15, 2014 in London, England. Karwai Tang—WireImage

Dan Stevens Will Star Opposite Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast

Mar 04, 2015

Attention, Anglophiles: Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens will star opposite Harry Potter alum Emma Watson in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast.

Since Stevens requested that the Downton writers dispatch Matthew Crawley from the popular BBC show, he has flexed his acting muscles, starring as a drug trafficker in Walk Among the Tombstones, a potential murderer in The Guest and a cross-dresser who dabbles in smoking pot in the online show High Maintenance. Now it seems Stevens will return to a more debonair character, as a prince cursed to be a beast, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It will be his most high-profile role to date.

Watson, too, will re-enter the spotlight with Beauty and the Beast. After retiring Hermione Granger in 2011, she has starred in smaller films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring and made the occasional brief appearance in summer blockbusters like This Is the End.

Disney looks to be bringing together an all-British cast for the film, plucking stars from the most popular English franchises. Welsh-born Luke Evans, who starred in The Hobbit and the last Fast & Furious movie, is in talks to play the villain, Gaston. The studio similarly chose British leads for the live-action Cinderella movie, which opens March 13 and stars Game of Thrones' Richard Madden and another Downton Abbey actor, Lily James.

The company set in motion a plan to remake several of its classic animated films as live-action movies after the Sleeping Beauty-inspired Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, grossed $758.4 million worldwide last year.

Read more: 10 Things Beauty and the Beast’s Belle and Harry Potter’s Hermione Have in Common


Meet the Voices of the Disney Princesses

Anna: Kristen Bell Best known for her role as Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell plays Anna, the younger sister of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. Although Anna will not be officially added to the pantheon of Disney princesses until she’s inducted in an official ceremony at a later date, Bell was nonetheless excited for the part. “Oh, I was in glee.” Bell said in an interview with wegotthiscovered.com. “I have always wanted to be part of a Disney animated feature. I grew up watching all of the old Disney musicals, and was especially obsessed with The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. It had always been my dream as a little girl to be a Disney princess, like it is everybody’s.”Disney; Imeh Akpanudosen—WireImage
Anna: Kristen Bell Best known for her role as Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell plays Anna, the younger sister of Elsa in Disn

Disney; Imeh Akpanudosen—WireImage
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