Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Which famous Scotsman is playing Lumiere? Beauty & the Beast Casting Update


Time to do a little casting catch-up. There's still no news on who'll play the all important role of the whisk in Beauty & the Beast—that's the part my son played back when he was a freshman in his high school's production—but I do have some more trivial casting bits to share. Last we talked B&B, Luke Evans was going to flex his muscles as Gaston, Emma Watson (her again!) was Beauty, Dan Stevens was all set as the Beast and Emma Thompson was rumored to play Mrs. Potts.



So, let's catch up. Good news for all my fellow Thompson fans; she's in. As is Ian McCellan as Cogsworth and Josh Gad is Le Fou. 
Stanley Tucci plays the Cadenza. Honestly I don't remember Cadenza from my kid's play. And I don't know what a cadenza is. I know what a credenza is but not a cadenza. Okay, I do now because I looked it up. A cadenza is 'a virtuoso solo passage inserted into a movement in a concerto or other work, typically near the end.'  Hmmm, speaking of virtuoso's, Audra McDonald, the acclaimed singer/actor we saw last as Mother Abess in that NBC live production of Sound of Music. plays the Garderobe, not to be confused with a chifferobe. And in diversity news, at least it won't be a completely white cast.



The famous Scotsman in the question at the top of this post is Ewan McGregor of course. McGregor shared some thoughts on playing Lumiere with IndieWire at the Edinburgh Film Festival—
It’s fourteen years since McGregor starred and sang in Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!”, and he found the process this time around terrifying. “I’d forgotten how scary it is. You’re standing alone, and behind this glass there’s forty people. That was quite tricky. After that I went away and really got to work on my French accent.” 
Remember his performance in Moulin Rouge?  Regardez ...



I'm pretty sure he can handle Be Our Guest in Beauty and the Beast!



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2 comments:

  1. I'm with you! The cast keeps getting better for this adaptation and it makes my heart happy. I love Ewan McCregor and I think he will be wonderful in this movie. I, by the way, was a huge fan of him in Moulin Rouge! (Thanks for the clip!) I can't wait to see this on the big screen. I thought Cinderella was wonderful and couldn't wait to do a blog post about it (http://bookthenmovie.blogspot.com/2015/03/cinderella-vs-cinderella-who-wore.html)

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    1. I love Ewan McGregor too. And yeah, he was especially lovely in Moulin Rouge. Thanks for the stop by. I'll check out your Cinderella blogpost too!

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