The cast of Disney’s live adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” continues to pack some serious star power into the mix. Joining the bevy of already confirmed A-listers are Stanley Tucci and potentially Ewan McGregor.
According to a new report from Variety, Tucci will join the star-studded cast as Cadenza, the grand piano. For die-hard fans of the animated “Beauty and the Beast,” this is not a mistake. There was no grand piano in the movie, but the 54-year-old actor will be a new character that is described as a “neurotic maestro,” according to the outlet.
Not much is known about what the studio has in mind for the updated take on the animated tale. However, given that it’s inventing another bit of sentient furniture, it seems that Disney is going to take some creative liberties with the project.
Potentially bringing life to a pre-established character is McGregor, 44. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is in final negotiations to play everyone’s favorite wisecracking candelabra – Lumiere. For those who don’t remember, Lumiere was a decent maitre d’ before being turned into the candlestick holder by the curse of the Prince’s castle. McGregor previously showed off his singing chops in the 2001 movie “Moulin Rouge.” Odds are good he’ll be well suited for the showstopper that his animated counterpart gets in the popular song “Be Our Guest.”
The cast of "Beauty and the Beast" already includes Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Kevin Kline (Maurice).
News of the casting comes just days after the first table read of the script, which McKellen teased on Twitter. Prior to that, Gad shared the first set photo of some of the cast, including Watson and Stevens, on his Instagram account.
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