Dan Stevens, you sexy beast. Literally. The dapper British actor has landed himself the role of the mammoth Beast in Disney’s upcoming live-action production of Beauty and the Beast. The Belle to his burly Beast will be the gorgeous and talented Emma Watson. As for the rest of the cast, might we suggest a closer look at the Downton Abbey cast from where Dan hails? We’ve found a fitting match for every role, from Wardrobe to Gaston. Are you with us?
We dreamcast Beauty and the Beast with Downton Abbey actors
Beast: Matthew Reginald CrawleyThis original Crawley heartthrob, the only son of Doctor Reginald Crawley, is clearly our beast, heir to riches but rough round the edges. Belle, er… Lady Mary Crawley missed his charms at first, but finally conceded to marry him…eight years, two proposals later.Disney/PBS
Belle: Lady Sybil Branson (née Crawley)Graceful, elegant and earnestly sweet, the youngest daughter of Robert and Cora Crawley is a fair lady and Belle's absolute double.
Gaston: Thomas BarrowLooks alone make handsome Thomas the obvious choice here. But while both characters play the bad guy with aplomb, only one villain truly has a black heart. Look to troubled Thomas to add another dimension to the boorish character.Disney/PBS
Maurice: Igor KuraginWith his bushy beard and distant, unconventional existence on the show Igor is a charming oddball. Gruff yet somehow lovable we could see him stepping in as Belle’s dad.Disney/PBS
Mrs. Potts: Violet, Dowager Countess of GranthamViolet is never short on opinions and gossip much like a certain teapot we know. The big difference, we'll grant you, is that Violet isn't known for being exceedingly caring or nice. On the surface anyway.Disney/PBS
Cogsworth: Mr. Carson, the butlerStuffy heads of household; need we say more?Disney/PBS
Wardrobe: Gladys DenkerThe seasoned maid knows the right way to whisper in closed quarters and can hold their own in the cut-throat and dynamic hired-help family. She and the wardrobe both have their feisty moments and a knack for gossip. But who can blame? Maids have got to keep life interesting, right?Disney/PBS
LeFou: Charles BlakeMaybe not quite as entertaining as LeFou spinning around in a tizzy, Charles Blake, ever intertwined in Lady Mary's web of lust, has that brooding, je ne sais quoi element to his character for sure.Disney/PBS
Lumiere: Atticus AldridgeAtticus is a bright and earnest young fellow who will do anything to win his love. While he may not have quite the same confidence of Beast's trusted friend, we're thinking he just hasn't gotten in touch with his inner self yet.Disney/PBS
Babette: Lady Rose Aldridge (née MacClare)Not nearly as racy and bombshell as Babette, Lady Rose is certainly every bit as intriguing in the role of Downton Abbey's pretty young thing. Who has the most admirers is our only question. Disney/PBS