BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Adds Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci

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Ewan McGregor is in final talks to join the star-studded cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast, while Stanley Tucci has signed on to play a grand piano named Cadenza, a new character invented for the film and described as a “neurotic maestro”.

McGregor has landed “a major supporting role” of Lumiere, a maître d’ who was turned into a candelabra when a curse fell over the prince and his castle. The character leads the iconic “Be Our Guest” song, featuring a cavalcade of dancing dishes.

The two actors join the previously announced that features Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (The Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), and Audra McDonald (Garderobe), with Bill Condon directing from a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky (which was originally written by Evan Spiliotopoulos).

The live action musical which is shaping up to be Disney’s biggest live action adaptation in terms of cast, will feature contemporary recordings of the original songs by Alan Menken, who is also writing new songs for the adaptation with Tim Rice.

Beauty and the Beast is slated to hit theaters on March 17, 2017 with production scheduled to begin next month at Shepperton Studios in London.

McGregor, who played the lead in Baz Luhrmann‘s Moulin Rouge, will next be seen in the Western Jane Got a Gun, while Tucci will reprise his role as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

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Source: THR/Variety