Beauty has her Beast: Emma Watson's co-star announced

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Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens is about to become lord of a very different manor as it's announced he'll be playing prince turned beast in the live action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The British actor, who showed he's already getting in to character with a Beast Mode tweet, will play the lead role opposite Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as Gaston.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Dan Stevens attends the UK Premiere of 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' at Empire Leicester Square on December 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 18: Actor Dan Stevens poses for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift Presented By McDonald's McCafe on January 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actor Dan Stevens attends the 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Actor Dan Stevens attends 2015 House Of SpeakEasy Gala at City Winery on January 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Actor Dan Stevens at 'A Little Chaos' world premiere party hosted by GREY GOOSE vodka and Soho House Toronto during TIFF on September 13, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images for GREY GOOSE Vodka)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Emma Watson attends the British Fashion Awards at London Coliseum on December 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actress Emma Watson attends the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards, October 30, 214 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. . AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson arrives to the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Emma Watson attends the Giambattista Valli show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Actress Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle on May 13, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Luke Evans attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Luke Evans attends the Elle Style Awards 2015 at Sky Garden @ The Walkie Talkie Tower on February 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Actor Luke Evans attends the 11th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 21: Actor Luke Evans attends the 'Dracula' (Dracula Untold) photocall at the Villamagna Hotel on October 21, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Luke Evans attends the UK Premiere of 'Dracula Untold' at Odeon West End on October 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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It's official: Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is going to be absolutely incredible. Emma Watson, everyone's favorite Hogwarts-Witch-turned-Disney-Princess, has found her co-star and Beast, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens!

Stevens and Emma both tweeted excitedly about the news, with Stevens showing that he's already getting in character by posting a photo reading "BEAST MODE".

Emma showed her approval of her chosen co-star by posting this: Seems pretty fitting that Dan will go from being Lord Grantham's heir to the castle that is Downton Abbey to being a Prince with his very own (albeit sometimes dark and dreary) castle in Disney's upcoming film, don't you think?

News also broke today that the film's villain Gaston will be played by Luke Evans, star of The Hobbit films and Dracula Untold. Evans reportedly snatched up the role this week when Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne passed on playing Gaston himself. (But could anyone really, truly see Eddie as a villain? We think we love him too much!)
What do you think of Dan Stevens and Luke Evans in their new roles? There's rumor that Emma Thompson is considering the role of Mrs. Potts, and that Timothy Spall may play Maurice. Either way, it's shaping up to be a star-studded cast!

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British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson arrives to the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (L) speaks, next to an unidentified translator, during the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Emma Watson attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, takes notes during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups which are pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase its numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Emma Watson attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, right, speaks with Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Actress Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle Tuesday May 13, 2014 in Windsor, England. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
Emma Watson arrives for the UK Premiere of Noah at a central London cinema, London, Monday, March. 31, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of "Noah" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Emma Watson at Late Show with David Letterman in New York City on March 25, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch
Actress Emma Watson poses prior to attending the Vogue party, in Paris, Wednesday July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camu
English actress Emma Watson poses for the photographers during the Spain Premiere of the movie "Noah" in Madrid, Spain. Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Actress Emma Watson attends the "Noah" Germany Film Premiere at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Actress Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle on May 13, 2014 in Windsor, England. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
Presenters Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Emma Watson walk on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures 'Noah' (Noe) at the Palafox cinema on March 17, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 13: Emma Watson attends the 'Noah' Germany Premiere at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori, left, and Director of UN Women Gulden Turkoz, right, applaud after a speech by Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Emma Watson attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
From left, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, Emma Watson, and Israel Broussard pose together at the LA premiere of "The Bling Ring" at the Director's Guild of America on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Watson walks between buildings following commencement services on the campus of Brown University, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Providence, R.I. The actress, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” movies, graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature from the Ivy League university. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MTV - Actress Emma Watson accepts the trailblazer award on stage at the MTV Movie Awards in Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday April 14, 2013. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for MTV/AP Images)
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