Celebrity Dan Stevens, Luke Evans Set to Join Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast' The actors are in talks to play the Beast and Gaston in the live-action film, to be directed by Twilight's Bill Condon By Tim Nudd Published on March 5, 2015 10:15 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Karwai Tang/Getty; Mike Marsland/WireImage; Inset:Michel Dufour/WireImage It appears Beauty has found her Beast – as well as his egotistical antagonist, Gaston. Dan Stevens and Luke Evans are both in talks to join the cast of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, which will star Emma Watson in the lead role as Belle. Stevens would play Beast, while Evans would take the role of the villainous Gaston. While this latest casting news is yet to be official, Watson, 24, celebrated both of her would-be costars Thursday on Twitter: Evans, 35, was primarily a stage actor before breaking through in 2010’s Clash of the Titans. Stevens, 32, is best known for playing Matthew Crawley on three seasons of Downton Abbey. Stevens also posted his own Tweet about his likely next role: The movie is being directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2) and is set to begin shooting this year. It does not yet have a release date.