Dan Stevens, the man who appeared as the Beast in the latest rendition of the classic story, says he’s open to reprising his role. The Beauty and the Beast live-action remake has crossed the $1 billion mark at the box-office, which means the demand is there for more appearances.
During an interview with Variety, Stevens expressed his interest if the opportunity came to fruition.
“That’s not a question for me. I’m not sure what turn that would take. I’m open to offers. It would seem odd for me to hear about it, but never say never.”
For a story that’s as old as time itself, the Beast turns into a human at the end of the film. Stevens was asked if he would return as a human if the sequel ever hit production.
“I’d kind of like to bring the Beast back.”
While Stevens’ words are formidable and may stir up some expectations for a sequel, Walt Disney Head of Production Sean Bailey shut down those ideas last month. Bailey stated that the studio is exploring their options and looking at spin-offs or prequels, but not a sequel.
Whatever the future of the franchise is, it’s no denying that it’ll continue one way or another, with or without the Beast. After all, a billion dollars is a billion dollars. Even Stevens can’t deny it.
“It’s exciting that a musical, a family comedy, can do that. I’m very proud of it.”
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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Audra McDonald.
Beauty and the Beast is currently in theaters and was originally released on March 17.