Stanley Tucci Joins Cast of Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast in New Role | Playbill

News Stanley Tucci Joins Cast of Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast in New Role Stage and screen star Stanley Tucci is the latest actor to join the cast of Disney's live-action movie musical Beauty and the Beast, according to Variety.

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Tucci will play the newly added character Cadenza, a grand piano described as "a neurotic maestro."

Last on Broadway in the revival of Lend Me a Tenor, Tucci was Tony-nominated for his performance in the 2002 production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

As previously reported, Emma Watson ("Harry Potter") will star as Belle with "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans ("The Hobbit," "Dracula: Untold") as Gaston, Tony Award-nominated Book of Mormon star Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Doctor Who") as feather duster Plumette, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Maurice.

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is in negotiations to play Garderobe, and Ewan McGregor is in talks to play Lumiere.

Beauty and the Beast is scheduled to be released in 3D March 17, 2017. The film will feature original songs from the 1991 film and its subsequent Broadway adaptation that was written by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Menken and Rice will also write new songs.

According to Disney, "The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic."

Bill Condon, who directed the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls and penned the screenplay for the film adaptation of Chicago, will direct the film. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London.

The live-action film will feature a script by Stephen Chbosky. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman produce.

The 1991 animated film of "Beauty and the Beast" won Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Song and Best Music, Original Score. The 1994 Broadway stage adaptation was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning for Costume Design (Ann Hould-Ward).

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