Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to star as Lumiere in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
The Scottish actor joins an already star-studded cast comprised of Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Luke Evans as Gaston.
Bill Condon is directing Disney’s latest live-action fairy tail, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing.
There is no word yet on how McGregor’s Lumiere will differ from the character in the 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast, which grossed more than $375 million worldwide.
Disney fans (as well as mostly anyone who was a child in the 90’s) will remember Lumiere as a charismatic servant who was transformed into a candelabra by a curse placed upon the Prince’s castle and all its inhabitants.
In the animated feature, Lumiere was most famous for singing “Be My Guest”.
There is no word yet as to whether or not McGregor’s part will involve singing, but Emma Watson did confirm that the film will have musical roots when she announced her involvement in the film on Facebook, sharing with fans her excitement to “…get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’”
Either way it shouldn’t be an issue for McGregor, who famously busted out his vocal chops in Moulin Rouge.
Beauty and the Beast begins filming next month, and is currently scheduled for a March 2017 release.
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It’s definitely clobberin’ time! Take a look at Benjamin Grimm, aka The Thing, in the Fantastic Four reboot!
Based on this photo it’s impossible to tell that this literal mountain of a man is actually Jamie Bell.
The Thing was created this time around with CGI rather than visual effects and makeup, allowing for a more realistic rocky appearance than his previous orange incarnation (portrayed by Michael Chiklis).
But, to Chiklis’s credit, his portrayal did more closely resemble The Thing’s appearance in the original comics. The structure and color of his costume was spot on, although his head did seem to retain too much of Ben Grimm’s past human appearance compared to the comics.
The new image, along with two other exclusive screen grabs from the upcoming reboot (see below), were revealed in Empiremagazine.
This isn’t the first glimpse of the rebooted Grimm to hit the internet, though. We have known for a few weeks just what Jamie Bell’s take on The Thing would look like via a low-quality Instagram photo.