Is Ryan Gosling the Beast to Emma Watson's Beauty?

Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:02 Written by  iamrogue
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Is Ryan Gosling the Beast to Emma Watson's Beauty?

Disney's Beauty and the Beast has its Belle, but whither its Beast?

Who—who, we cry to the heavens, who?!— could play the smoldering, temperamental, hairy bad boy with charm and cheekbones to make Emma Watson fall for him despite the, you know, beastliness?

If a new rumor's to be believed, then Ryan Gosling's the man for the job.

Of course there's nothing official and this is pure, unconfirmed conjecture, but according to Tracking Board, Gosling is Disney's top choice to put the Beast into Beauty and the Beast.  based on the site's intel, Gosling's actually been offered the role.

It sounds plausible enough.  Gosling has more heartthrob credibility than anybody out there, even more than a decade out from The Notebook.  Pairing he and Watson would make this Beauty and the Beast a very classy affair featuring two respected, ridiculously attractive actors.

He's on the shortlist for seemingly every huge male blockbuster role (Warner Bros. wanted him for both Batman in Batman v Superman and Joker in Suicide Squad), but he generally shies away from exactly the sort of roles studios want him to play so, so badly His directorial debut, Lost River, hits this April, and he's got both a Terrence Malick movie and Shane Black's The Nice Guys coming up in the next year or so.  He's also part of the insane cast of Adam McKay's The Big Short.

So even giving this rumor the benefit of the doubt and assuming a starring role in Beauty in the Beast has been extending Gosling's way, there's no guarantee he'll say yes.

Just last week, Watson announced that she's starring as Belle, having previously been attached to an entirely different, now defunct Beauty and the Beast.  That one was at Warners and had Guillermo del Toro on board to direct. 

This version, the version Watson's actually starring in, is directed by Bill Condon, the Gods & Monsters Oscar-winner who also helmed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  The screenplay is by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Production is expected to begin later this year, and casting rumors have us wondering just how Condon and company are planning to create this cinematic Beast.  If Disney's recent run of live action fairy tales – from Alice in Wonderland to Maleficent to next month's Cinderella – are any indication, then there will be plenty of CGI involved.

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