Stanley Tucci Joins Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'

Stanley Tucci is officially on board for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," Variety reports.

The actor, who has most recently been seen in popular films such as "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction," will play a new character in the film: Cadenza the grand piano. The character is described as "a neurotic maestro."

Tucci joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans’ as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Josh Gad as LeFou, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere.

Bill Condon will directed from a script originally penned by Disney veteran Evan Spiliotopoulos and then rewritten by “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” author Stephen Chbosky. Production is set to begin next month at Shepperton Studios in London.

“Beauty and the Beast” opens March 17, 2017.

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