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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

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The live-action Beauty and the Beast will feature Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the role of Plumette, the feather duster in the Beast’s castle.

The casting news, reported Monday by Variety, means Mbatha-Raw, 31, will join Ian McKellen, who was announced on Friday as playing Cogsworth, the talking clock. In March, Emma Thompson was cast as Mrs. Potts, the teapot.

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will play the feature’s title characters, while Kevin Kline has been cast as Belle’s father, Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as Gaston’s sidekick Lefou.

Mbatha-Raw has previously appeared in Beyond the Lights and Jupiter Ascending.

In the original animated Beauty and the Beast, a female feather duster named Babette is the love interest of Lumiére, the French candlestick, a role not yet cast for this new version of the film.

Schedule for release on March 17, 2017, this new Beauty and the Beast is just one of the many Disney classic being adapted. On April 8, a live-action Pinocchio was announced.

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