Josh Gad, currently seen (more heard) in Frozen Fever, is heading back to Disney. The Frozen star has been cast in the live action Beauty and the Beast film starring Emma Watson.
Gad will play the sidekick of Gaston (Luke Evans) in the Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Breaking Dawn) version of the animated classic from 1991, that itself was based on the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont iconic fairy tale.
Gad is joining Evans, Watson and Dan Stevens as Beast in the production that should start filming soon.
After the success of Maleficent bringing Sleeping Beauty to life and now with Cinderella knocking critics’ socks off, one can see why Disney is busting out the live action versions of some of their most beloved animated films.
Beauty and the Beast will be written by a man who knows highly emotional prose, The Perks of Being a Wallflower author and writer-director Stephen Chbosky.
Watch Frozen online to see how well Gad does in Disney fare. He has gone on to live action success in films as varied as The Internship, Jobs and, most recently, The Wedding Ringer.
And with the news yesterday that Frozen 2 is in the works, Gad will be at Disney for quite a few projects heading forward.
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