It’s odd that in their animated movies Disney is content that fairytale people can have American accents, but when they turn live-action everything gets very British, whether it’s Angelina Jolie adopting an English accent for Maleficent or the fact most of the cast of Cinderella were Brits.
They’re certainly following that course with Beauty & The Beast, which already has Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (the Beast), and Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) bringing their UK credentials to the movie (although Josh Gad and Kevin Kline will add a bit of an American dimension).
Now they’ve added one more, as the ever-excellent Ian McKellen has signed on, according to Variety, to play the butler who’s been turned into a clock, Cogsworth.
McKellen’s involvement isn’t too surprising as the film will reunite him with his Gods & Monsters and Mr. Holmes director, Bill Condon.
The live-action take on Beauty & The Beast will shoot this year with a March 17th, 2017 release set.