Let's Finish Casting Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

by 4:44 PM PDT, March 17, 2015
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We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely NAILING it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:

Jean Dujardin as Lumiere

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Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.

Gary Oldman as Cogsworth

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A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the right look and is certainly funny enough, Colin Firth would charm the heck out of the role -- but we think it’s high time we saw a lighter side from the sometimes stuffy Oldman.

Jaeden Lieberher as Chip

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If you’ve seen St. Vincent, you know why Lieberher is the only option for Chip. A child actor can steal scenes from Bill friggin’ Murray can more than handle playing an adorable teacup.

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Octavia Spencer as Wardrobe

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She can act -- she has an Oscar. She can sing -- she did so on the late Red Band Society. And she can bring that perfect balance of maternal warmth and sassy spunk to a character who was criminally underserved in the original.

Clémence Poésy as Featherduster

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Someone like Marion Cotillard or Eva Green would be an obvious choice for Fifi, but this is a smaller role, so we’re choosing a worthy up-and-comer: Poésy, who you likely know from Harry Potter (she’s Fleur Delacour) andGossip Girl.

Make it so, Disney! Beauty and the Beast will hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Now, here are all the reasons why Emma Watsons is perfect to play Belle: