Saturday, April 11, 2015

Disney's Live Action "Beauty and the Beast" Casting Update: Ian McKellen = Cogsworth

In case you missed the announcement, here's what The Hollywood Reporter announced on Friday:

Ian McKellen has joined the all-star lineup of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the BeastThe Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 
...McKellen will play Cogsworth, the Prince’s butler who is transformed into a clock. While the character doesn’t have any major musical numbers, he does make part of the Be Our Guest show-stopper. 
The veteran actor is best known to modern audiences for playing Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies as well as the evil mutant Magneto in the X-Men movies. He can also be see currently on screen playing an aging Sherlock Holmes in the indie Mr. Holmes.
There have been 'clues' from various Instagram accounts (specifically Luke Evans' account, aka Gaston) that training, rehearsing and travelling to the UK shooting location for the movie is already underway
Next up: Lumiere. (We assume... though Fifi, Lumiere's "flame" [sorry], will likely feature as well, and we still need a Chip and a Monsieur D'Arque, the Asylum Owner/Keeper.)

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