With Kenneth Branagh currently hard at work on Cinderella and Jon Favreau signed on to direct The Jungle Book, it was only a matter of time until Disney decided to give Beauty and the Beast a similar second life, and they've hired The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2 director Bill Condon to helm it.
With an impressive $170 million worldwide opening for Maleficent, it's no wonder Disney has decided not to waste any time in capitalizing on its new favorite pastime: making live-action adaptations of its classic animated films.
We're more than a little excited ourselves.
No word yet on whether the Beauty and the Beast adaptation will be a musical, but we're having a hard time imagining the film without our favorite songs.
Here's who we'd like to see playing our favorite characters.
After knocking our socks off as Cosette in Les Miserables, there's no question as to whether or not Amanda Seyfried has the pipes to sing our favorite Belle songs. And with those big, beautiful eyes staring up at him, what beast wouldn't change his grumpy ways?
We could not get enough of Chilean actor Pedro Pascal during his stint as Oberyn Martell of Dorne on HBO's Game of Thrones. Sexy, fierce, intimidating, and wearing an accent that just wouldn't quit, he has just the right amount of danger to play the terrifying beast, yet he's soulful enough to keep us loving him as well.
Three names: Sacha Baron Cohen. We're pretty sure he'd chew the scenery on set like a St. Bernard puppy. Can't you see him as the arrogant, spittoon-nailing Gaston?
Jonah Hill sing or dance, but he'd be perfect as Gaston's sidekick Lefou. Can't you just see him running around like a frightened chicken with his head cut off as Gaston stirs up all kinds of trouble?
Seriously — slide Justin Timberlake into some gold lamé pants and let him stir the whole Beastly household into a frenzy. Who wouldn't buy a ticket to see that? Especially if his comedy-partner-in-crime Andy Samberg were cast as…
That's right. Put the SNL alum in a proper coat and tie, give him a tiny mustache and get out of the way. Watching Samberg and Timberlake exchange zinging one-liners in service to the Beast would be the absolute best.
It's going to take a lot to make us forget our childhood memories of Angela Lansbury joyfully voicing the character of Mrs. Potts, but if anyone can do it, Melissa McCarthy can. Actually, that might be our motto for a lot of things. The reigning queen of comedy would be a perfect match for the Beast's surly attitude, and she'd give JT and Samberg a run for their money as well.
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