Luke Evans Cast as Gaston For Live-Action Beauty & The Beast Film

By Maryann Yin 

Luke EvansLuke Evans will play Gaston in the live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast. This actor (pictured, via) has been seen in a number of book-based-movies including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Dracula Untold.

Variety reports that Bill Condon, the director behind The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn films, will helm this project. Evan Spiliotopoulos, a screenwriter, wrote the first draft of the script. Stephen Chbosky, the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, stepped in after Spiliotopoulos to work on the screenplay.

Evans joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast. Like the 1991 animated movie and the hit Broadway musical, the story for this live-action project will be based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s beloved fairy tale “La Belle et la Bête.” Who would you cast as Lumière the candelabra and Cogsworth the clock? (via