'Beauty and the Beast' adds Luke Evans as Gaston, Dan Stevens as Beast

March 5, 2015 2:36 AM

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Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" movie is beefing up, with Luke Evans in negotiations to play the buff but brainless suitor Gaston and Dan Stevens in negotiations to play the fearsome yet kind-hearted Beast, The Times has confirmed.

Variety first reported the news about Evans, the 35-year-old Welsh actor who played the lead in "Dracula Untold" and the villain in "Fast & Furious 6." The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news about Stevens, 32, an Englishman best known for playing Matthew Crawley on TV's "Downton Abbey."

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