Word on the street is that Ryan Gosling may join Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast alongside Emma Watson.
The Tracking Board is claiming that the hunky actor is Disney’s top choice to star as the lovable Beast, but as of now the studio will not comment on the casting rumors.
Just last week, it was revealed that the Harry Potter actress landed the lead role of Belle in the Bill Condon-directed flick.
The 24-year-old star broke the news via Facebook on Jan. 26, writing, “I’m finally able to tell you…that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast!”
She continued, “It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling—heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons…I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Walt Disney Pictures first announced plans to make the movie back in June 2014 and production is set to begin on the highly anticipated film sometime later this year.
The Beauty and the Beast casting news comes just two months before Kenneth Branagh’s live-action version of Cinderella, co-starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James, is due to land in theaters. The studio is also in the midst of developing a live-action version of The Jungle Book with director Jon Favreau, which is slated for release in 2016.
The film, which is based off of 1967’s animated classic, will star Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, and Christopher Walken