Luke Evans to play villain in ‘Beauty & The Beast’ plus first image from Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’


Luke Evans has become a fan favourite among the horror community after his brutal and twisted turn in the excellent No One Lives, and he cemented himself as a strong horror actor in last years pretty poor Dracula: Untold. He has staked his claim in epic blockbusters too after appearing in the last two Hobbit films, Fast and Furious 6, Immortals and Clash of the Titans.

He has a number of films on the way after pulling out of starring in The Crow reboot, and one of those films is Ben Wheatley’s (Kill List, Sightseers) High-Rise, but more on that shortly.

Variety is reporting that Evans is in negotiations to play the villainous role of Gaston in Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast, and should he take the role then Evans will be appearing opposite Emma Watson.

Downtown Abbey and last years The Guest star Dan Stevens has just been cast in the role of The Beast.

Bill Condon is directing, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films producing. The script was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Steve Chbosky.

Production will begin later this year. No release date has been set.

In the original tale, Gaston was the handsome antagonist who tried to win Belle’s heart and, after losing it to the beast, led a group of townspeople on a hunt to kill the creature.

The studio’s 1991 animated feature version of “Beauty and the Beast” grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play and became one of the few animated pics to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.




Among his numerous upcoming films, High-Rise, directed by Ben Wheatley, sounds really interesting. We have already seen the first image of Tom Hiddleston, and above you will find the very first image of Luke Evans as Richard Wilder.

Wheatley’s High Rise is an update of JG Ballard’s dystopian novel, which is being produced by Jeremy Thomas’ RPC. The cast now includes Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, James Purefoy, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss and Stacy Martin.

Tom Hiddleston leads cast on the thriller as a young doctor drawn into the violence and debauchery of a surreal 1970s residential tower block.

The film also stars Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller,Stacy Martin and James Purefoy in a role that’s being delightfully described as that of “an upper-class nitwit.”

Studio Canal will release the film in the UK.


A slick apartment tower rises above the Thames, the beginnings of what will soon become the world’s biggest financial hub.Dominating the landscape, it is simply called the HIGH-RISE… its address a mark of exclusivity.Its newest resident is Robert Laing, an ambitious young doctor utterly seduced by the lifestyle and cutting-edge technology the high-rise has to offer.

Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur who introduces him to the seedy underbelly of the high-rise. The cracks in this apparently flawless society grow rapidly, and Laing is shocked at the depravity he sees. Life in the high-rise quickly descends into madness and violence, and Laing finds himself amongst the marauding hordes of bloodthirsty tenants who take over the building, floor by floor.

A disturbing vision from the director of Kill List, this action-packed thriller depicts society’s most chilling nightmares.

Matt Wavish
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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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