The Hollywood Reporter reports Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley, a.k.a. the actor Dan Stevens, will take on (assumedly!) the heavy prosthetics of the Beast in Bill Condon’s upcoming live-action adaption of Beauty and the Beast. He’ll play opposite Emma Watson (Belle) and Luke Evans (Gaston), and if you still aren’t quite sure your Matthew can pull off the growl, you haven’t yet seen him in The Guest. Imagine the Beast played as the semi-deranged shut-in he was meant to be? We’re in.
Dan Stevens. Photo: Karwai Tang/Getty Images