Luke Evans' dream job on Beauty and The Beast

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 September 2015
Luke Evans

Luke Evans

Welsh actor Luke Evans is set to play Disney baddie Gaston in the remake of 'Beauty and The Beast' and says it's been like a "dream"

Luke Evans found working with 'Beauty and The Beast' director Bill Condon to be "magic".

The 36-year-old actor has landed the part of arrogant baddie Gaston, alongside Emma Watson's Belle, in the remake of the Disney movie classic - and was thrilled the filmmaker who first brought the story to life on the silver screen in 1991 was on board.

Luke said: "To be able to do 'Beauty and the Beast' with Bill Condon, I couldn't have dreamed that magic cocktail up in my head. And the fact that I got to do it, I got to sing, I got to play one of Disney's most famous bad guys..."

The Welsh star delved into the role and found the acclaimed director - whose recent credits include 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn', 'Mr Holmes' and 'The Fifth Estate' - also enjoyed revisiting the story.

Luke explained to Collider: "I was 12. It's part of my life, part of my childhood and I got to bring him (Gaston) to life under the amazing, detailed attention of Bill who loved every second of it, is the happiest man I know and the most pleasant human being I could ever wish to be directed by.

"He was having the time of his life; we all were. I mean, come on, it's Disney. Everything about this film was a treat to see, to look, to watch, to be on set. It was magical."

Beauty and the Beast

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bill Condon
  • Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad
  • UK release: 17 March 2017

Belle (Watson) is forced to live with a Beast (Stevens) in this live-action retelling of the 1991 blockbuster. Watson is winsome but feisty, Evans as Gaston is splendid of voice and hilariously odious, McGregor brings much joie de vivre to ‘Be Our Guest’, and it’s an enchantingly realised delight.

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