Casting Call: Who Should Star in 'Beauty and the Beast'?
With Maleficent enchanting the box office, Disney has announced that it's moving forward with another live-action fairy tale adaptation: Beauty and the Beast. Like Maleficent, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Cinderella, this new Beauty and the Beast is likely to put a fresh spin on the familiar story while borrowing elements from Disney's classic animated version. The director helming the project is Bill Condon, and while we don't know for sure that it will be a musical, Condon's resume – which includes Dreamgirls and the Chicago screenplay – suggests it's a possibility. With that in mind, here are our top choices for the two lead roles in Disney's tale as old as time.
Why She'd Be a Swell Belle: No other actress under 30 can boast an Oscar nomination and a Billboard Top 10 single. Anna Kendrick even has experience re-inventing Disney heroines: She's playing Cinderella in Into the Woods, and she rapped convincingly as the mermaid Ariel on Saturday Night Live. Plus, Condon has already worked with her on the Twilight films.
Why She Might Be Cursed: Kendrick is so in-demand for musicals that she's vowed to stop doing them. "I never want to sing again, honestly," she said in February. Pitch Perfect 2 may be her swan song.
Why She'd Be a Swell Belle: Milioti's star has been rising steadily since her 2012 Tony nomination for the musical Once. The 28-year-old actress played Leonardo DiCaprio's first wife in The Wolf of Wall Street ,and gained a fan following as the long-awaited title character in the final season of How I Met Your Mother.
Why She Might Be Cursed: Her new comedy series A to Z premieres on NBC this fall. If the show's a hit, taking time off to shoot an epic fantasy may be out of the question.