Book of Mormon and "Frozen" Star Is Latest to Join Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

News   Book of Mormon and "Frozen" Star Is Latest to Join Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast
Tony Award-nominated Book of Mormon star Josh Gad is in final talks to join the cast of Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Gad, who also voiced lovable snowman Olaf in Disneys hit animated feature "Frozen," is in final negotiations to play Le Fou, the sidekick to handsome villain Gaston.

Josh Gad
Josh Gad

As previously reported, Emma Watson ("Harry Potter") will star as Belle, with "Downtown Abbey" star Dan Stevens slated to play the Beast. Also reported to be joining the film are Luke Evans ("The Hobbit," "Dracula: Untiold") as Gaston and and potentially Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Bill Condon, who directed the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls and penned the screenplay for the film adaptation of Chicago, will direct the film. Production is slated to begin later this year.

The live-action film will feature a script by Stephen Chbosky. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman produce.

The 1991 animated film of "Beauty and the Beast" won Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Song and Best Music, Original Score. The 1994 Broadway stage adaptation was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning for Costume Design (Ann Hould-Ward).

Beauty and the Beast features music by Alan Menken, with lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

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