Emma Watson, newly announced to play Belle in the live-action remake of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” welcomed her new Gaston and Beast on Twitter shortly after the announcement that they had been cast. The “Harry Potter” actress is stepping back into fantasy to tell the tale as old as time, of a bookish girl trying to help her unlikely love break the curse upon his house. The story of love and adventure in a mythical French countryside became a Disney animated film in 1991.

After a very profitable reimagining of “Alice in Wonderland,” and a new “Cinderella” on its way to theaters next week, the live-action remake of the popular Disney Renaissance staple, “Beauty and the Beast,” is next in line for the box-office throne. Other potential live-action remakes include “Peter Pan” and “The Little Mermaid,” so this is far from the last we’ll see of the Disney cartoon canon brought to life on the big screen.

Watson welcomed both her new co-stars publicly on Twitter Thursday. Luke Evans, who has secured the role of Gaston, had the perfect response at hand for the occasion. 




Watson is not the only one coming to “Beauty and the Beast” with a strong background in fantasy. Evans might be familiar to “Hobbit” fans as the character Bard. His previous roles include the lead in last year’s “Dracula Untold,” Zeus in “Immortals” and Shaw in “Fast and Furious 6.”

Fresh off a horror movie stint in Adam Wingard’s last film,“The Guest,” Dan Stevens, who will portray Watson's Beast, may also ring a bell for “Downton Abbey” fans for his role as Matthew Crawley. He was last seen in theaters as Sir Lancelot in the last “Night of the Museum” sequel.





Stop it, you three! This already looks like the most fun film set to work on, even without all of their mutual Twitter love.

“Beauty and the Beast” will open in theaters in 2016.