'Beauty and the Beast' first look: Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens on set (photo)
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.
Could not be more happy that this man will be Beast!!! Welcome aboard @thatdanstevens #beautyandthebeast http://t.co/F1ghG3pvcU
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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Josh Gad shared the first photo of "The Beauty and the Beast" cast on Instagram Tuesday. The witty caption, "Can't wait for you to be our guest," references Lumiere's famous song, "Be Our Guest."
The picture shows Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Dan Stevens, and Gad on set - and they all seem thrilled to begin production on the Walt Disney film.
"Beauty and the Beast" is set to be released on March 17, 2017, and also stars Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
TheWrap was the first to report that Watson was cast in the live-action musical as Belle. Bill Condon ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn") is directing the film, which is based on a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who worked with Watson on the 2012 movie, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."