Disney's Beauty and the Beast finally finds its Beast in Downton Abbey star

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Mar 5, 2015, 4:05 PM EST

The Beauty and the Beast live-action movie has finally found its Beast in Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stevens is in the negotiating stages to play the Beast/Prince in the Disney adaptation, which also stars Harry Potter’s Emma Watson as Beauty/Belle and Dracula Untold’s Luke Evans as the dastardly Gaston.

Set to be helmed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast marks the third time Disney is taking one of its animated classics to give it a modern, live-action spin. Last year’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, was a take on Sleeping Beauty, and Thor director Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is set to hit the big screen on March 13, amid some pretty positive reviews. There's also a fourth live-action mixed with CGI Disney movie coming up in the same year (2016): The Jungle Book.

A highly sought-after role, Beauty and the Beast's titular monster will be Dan Stevens’ first real big movie break as a leading man. He recently had a guest-starring role in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and A Walk Among the Tombstones. Stevens was the lead in The Guest, but it was a much smaller movie, although the actor did get some pretty good reviews.

What do you think about Dan Stevens playing Beast to Emma Watson's Beauty in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast flick?

(via THR)