When Dan Stevens didn’t re-up his contract with “Downton Abbey,” departing via fatal car crash and leaving behind Lady Mary and his infant son, people thought he was crazy. Well, he’s been cast as the male lead in Disney’s live musical interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Who’s got the last laugh now?
He will play The Beast/Prince opposite Emma Watson as Belle. The Reporter previous reported Emma Thompson is currently in talks to play Mrs. Potts, in the film. (Thompson in anything is brilliant casting! Did you watch he Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd”? To die for. No, really.) To watch a video from the concert performance, click here.