Earlier this year, Emma Watson revealed the super-exciting news to her fans that she was set to swap wands and potions for magic mirrors and songs in her latest role as Belle in Disney's live action adaptation of its classic fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast' and, it kind of goes without saying, everyone practically had kittens over it. It was, after all, casting at its very finest.
Now, however, we have some new news for you to pine over as yesterday evening the 24-year-old actress’s leading male co-stars were revealed, but did your fav's make the cut?
Of course, as soon as the media caught wind of Emma's new project, everyone started to ponder just who would take up the covetable roles of Gaston and the Beast. Starry names like Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine (all the Chris' apparently) were thrown into the mix but none have emerged victorious. In fact, we'd be very surprised if anyone managed to pin these male actors to the leads...
Reports have emerged that two Brit actors have been cast in the roles with Dan Stevens said to be taking on the guise of the Beast while Luke Evans will be Gaston.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the two, chances are you HAVE seen them in action before.
32-year-old Dan (above) is known for his role in the hit period TV series Downton Abbey and, most recently, The Guest while 35-year-old Luke (below) is most famous for his work in the modern remake Dracula and The Hobbit.
While Emma is still to comment on the casting of her love interests, we're sure she'll approve. Revealing her new role to the world back in January, the Harry Potter starlet said: 'I'm finally able to tell you...It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year-old self is on the ceiling - heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it. Emma x'.
Needless to say, we can't wait either! Now, would they hurry up and start filming already? Jeez...