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Emma Watson's Thrilled Dan Stevens Will Play The Beast In 'Beauty And The Beast'

English actor Dan Stevens, who portrayed Matthew Crawley on ITV's "Downton Abbey", and is promoting his film "Summer In Febru
English actor Dan Stevens, who portrayed Matthew Crawley on ITV's "Downton Abbey", and is promoting his film "Summer In February", poses for a portrait, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)

Dan Stevens, mostly known for his role in "Downton Abbey," has been cast as the Beast in Disney's live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast." Emma Watson, who will star as Belle in the new film, was thrilled with the news.

Watson also gave a shoutout to Luke Evans, who was cast on Wednesday as Gaston.

"Beauty and the Beast" continues Disney's trend of remaking an old animated classic into a live-action film: "Cinderella" opens March 13, and last year's "Maleficent" raked it in at the box office, a twist on "Sleeping Beauty," earning more than $700 million worldwide.

Disney has yet to confirm if "Beauty and the Beast" will be a musical, but when Watson announced her casting, she wrote in a Facebook post, "My 6-year-old self is on the ceiling -- heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons."

We can already tell Stevens, whose credits also include "The Guest" and "A Walk Among the Tombstones," is excited for the gig:

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