Variety reports that stage veteran and screen actor Ian McKellen has joined Disney’s live-action adaptation of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ McKellen will play Cogsworth, the butler turned pendulum clock.
Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the film, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.
According to Disney, “The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic.”
Starring: Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evan as the boorishly handsome Gaston, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Josh Gad as LeFou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice.
Directed by Bill Condon. Produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films. Script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Steve Chbosky.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ hits theaters on March 17, 2017.