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The Hollywood Reporter announced that Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey) is being eyed to join Beauty and the Beast, noting that the actor is still in final negotiations to join the project. Stevens will be the third British star to join the project, which is being directed by Bill Condon. The film is expected to follow the story of the classic fairy tale and follow a brainy young beautiful woman as she falls in love with a prince who has been cursed by a witch to appear as a hideous monster.

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Now that Dan Stevens is in talks to join Beauty and the Beast as the titular male lead, the big question turns to: how do you turn him into a monster? Surely there will be a lot of prosthetic and makeup work involved, but what will he actually look like? Since the film has recently got their lead female role, villain and now Hero in the film, production should start sometime soon if it’s being considered for a 2016 release