Luke Evans cast as Gaston opposite Emma Watson in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'

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Gaston has been found. Luke Evans is in talks to star in Disney's live-action version of Beauty and the Beast as the handsome, narcissistic character. Emma Watson is playing Belle in the film, which will be directed by Bill Condon, who helmed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and Part 2 . Evans most recently starred in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Dracula Untold.Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the script with additional drafts by Steve Chbosky.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Luke Evans, winner of the Actor of the Year award, poses in the Winners Room at the Elle Style Awards 2015 at Sky Garden @ The Walkie Talkie Tower on February 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Luke Evans seen at LAX on February 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT) Luke Evans attends the Elle Style Awards 2015 at Sky Garden @ The Walkie Talkie Tower on February 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Luke Evans attends War Child & O2 BRIT Awards Show at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on February 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for O2)
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 22: Luke Evans attends the Pringle of Scotland Fully Fashioned Exhibition and Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Runway Show at The Serpentine Gallery on February 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Pringle of Scotland)
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 Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 06: Luke Evans attends 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Mexico City premiere at Auditorio Nacional on December 6, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Luke Evans attends the EE British Academy Awards nominees party at Kensington Palace on February 7, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Luke Evans attends the World Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle OF The Five Armies' at Odeon Leicester Square on December 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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 Untold' photocall at Villamagna Hotel on October 21, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage)
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)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 20: Actor Luke Evans attends Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Awards 2014 photocall at Ritz hotel on October 20, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Eduardo Parra/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 20: Actor Luke Evans attends 'El Hormiguero' TV show at 'Vertice Estudio' on October 20, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Luke Evans attends 'Dracula Untold' New York Premiere at AMC Loews 34th Street 14 theater on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Actor Luke Evans attends the Diesel store opening at Piazza Di Spagna on October 2, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Actor Luke Evans attends the Diesel store opening at Piazza Di Spagna on October 2, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
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By THE WRAP

Luke Evans is nearing a deal to play Gaston opposite Emma Watson's Belle in Disney's live-action musical "Beauty and the Beast," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Bill Condon ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn") will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.

Newly-minted Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne recently passed on the role of Gaston, which opened the door for Evans to snag the coveted role.

"Beauty and the Beast" is the latest Disney classic to receive a live-action adaptation following "Maleficent," "Cinderella" and Jon Favreau's upcoming take on "The Jungle Book."

Evans is represented by WME and United Agents.

Variety broke the news.

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