Not sure about this casting – but since the original Beast was supposed to be a spoiled brat before his transformation, maybe the full-of-himself grin works. I’m guessing we won’t see much of his face under the makeup anyhow.
Not to sure I’m happy about this, as I wanted Belle to have more of a major role in Once Upon a Time (can’t get rid of the one person who can reach Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin’s heart!), but it is only a pilot, and on the same network as OUAT. Also, it would make sense for the character of Belle to not have as great of a role in the show since there may be two other Beauty and the Beast interpretations on TV next fall (I’m hoping ABC decides to pair theirs with Once Upon a Time on Sunday nights).
Glad to see Chris Egan from Kings making it onto a pilot! Can’t really picture him as a Gaston-like character (but then I couldn’t see McNab from Psych in that role either), but he’s an excellent addition to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast.
I’m wondering how much the chances of a pilot being picked up for series improve when a big-name actor is cast. For example, I’d hadn’t remembered the title or description of Fox’s Living Loaded, though I remembered that a Pan Am actor was starring in some pilot. Now, I’m actually paying attention to it, since Donald Sutherland is in it.
Other news in the article linked below include: Life Unexpected alum Austin Basis joining the CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Heather Burns (Miss Congeniality) being cast in NBC’s Save Me, Emily Swallow (she recently played a cop on Ringer) in TNT’s Chelsea General, and Eamonn Walker (Kings’ Samuel) as the chief in NBC’s Chicago Fire.
Smallville’s Lana Lang and Chuck’s Hannah has been cast in the lead role of the CW’s Beauty and the Beast remake. The original show starred Linda Hamilton (aka Chuck’s mom!). Here’s hoping the remake will be a vast improvement on the 80s show (I caught part of the pilot on YouTube and it was pretty terrible).
I’m personally hoping ABC’s version gets the title – it sounds like it will be so much better. What little I’ve seen of Linda Hamilton’s Beauty and the Beast kind of scares me.
While the CW’s Beauty and the Beast reboot didn’t really interest me (never saw the original show, but the few pics I’ve come across of it look ridiculous), I love the fact that ABC is also looking at a Beauty and the Beast pilot. They’ve done an amazing job so far with Once Upon a Time, and this would be a perfect companion show for Sunday nights. Besides, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney princess story.
Reimagined fairy tales are quite “in” now thanks to the success of Once Upon a Time and Grimm, but I think there’s room for a few more.