Welsh actor Luke Evans is currently in talks to play the villain Gaston in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast. The film stars Emma Watson in the titular role and will release in 2016.
The film will be directed by Bill Condon and will be produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. The screenplay is written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Steve Chbosky.
Evans has most recently starred in the dark fantasy film Dracula Untold and the fantasy film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Disney has recently been adapting multiple fairy tales into live action retellings, including Maleficent (2014), and Cinderella, which is to hit theaters later this month.