Bill Condon reveals that he originally tried to get Beyonce to star in his Beauty and the Beast movie. Disney has expanded their lineup over the past few years – which now includes both Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios – but they will always be remembered as the studio that created some of the most iconic animated films in cinema history. And so, when Tim Burton proved with Alice in Wonderland that remakes (and re-imaginings) of those same films would work in live-action, Disney didn’t hesitate to push forward with the initiative.
So far, the Mouse House has already released four live-action fantasy films – Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book – with several more on the way. The fifth film was Condon’s Beauty and the Beast, which is currently the year’s top-grossing movie, both domestically and globally, having raked in a whopping $1.263 billion at the worldwide box office. The film starred Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, with Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou, among others. But, what’s surprising is that Condon initially wanted Beyoncé Knowles for one of the supporting roles.
In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Condon said that he had attempted to get Beyoncé to play Plumette, one of Prince Adam’s castle maids (and Lumiere’s lover) who had turned into a feather duster following the prince’s curse. It’s unclear what happened, but it would appear that the singer-actress had turned down the part. Here’s what Condon said: “I even tried to get her into Beauty and the Beast, but it wasn’t a big enough part. She would have been a good feather duster.”
The role of Plumette eventually went to Doctor Who actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. However, Condon’s attempt at casting Beyoncé wasn’t a far-fetched dream for the direction. The filmmaker had previously worked with Beyoncé on the 2006 romantic musical film Dreamgirls, which Condon had written and directed. Although he has directed various types of films over the years, it seems that when the time came for him to make another musical, he wanted Beyoncé back as well.
Considering that Beauty and the Beast has performed beyond expectations, there’s already talk amongst the cast about potentially doing another film, should Disney want another chapter of course. Until that happens, though, Condon will remain busy working on the upcoming Bride of Frankenstein reboot for Universal Pictures as part of their newly-formed Dark Universe. Who knows, perhaps the director will attempt to get Beyoncé for that film, too.
Source: Yahoo! Entertainment
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