Beauty and the Beast is a very close forerunner for my favorite Disney movie (perhaps mostly thanks to the mere existence of Gaston) so any news about this upcoming live-action adaptation has certainly caught my attention so far. Looks like newest scrap of news is that classical actor, Sir Ian McKellan, will be playing the role of Cogsworth, the enchanted servant transformed into an unholy talking clock.
While I personally have mixed feelings on the wave of live-action Disney films lately, I will admit the most fascinating part to watch are the casting choices. I’ve heard a varied response to the choice of Luke Evans for the villainous Gaston, but I have a feeling few people will have any complaints about McKellan as a talking clock.[via io9]