This doesn’t happen often, but here’s an instance where I look at an actor being cast in a certain role and simply go, “Well, yeah. That’s perfect.”

ThePlaylist reports that Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel have set themselves for the respective, titular roles in Beauty and the Beast, a new iteration of the story from Brotherhood of the Wolf helmer Christophe Gans. That, personally speaking, is the only real information I need to commence hype, so take this quote from the director as an added bonus:

“With this picture, I want to unleash my imagination. Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe never experienced before and produce images of an unparalleled quality. Every single one of my movies has presented me with a challenge but this one is, by far, the most exciting and rewarding.”

Images that supersede the ones accomplished by Tarsem in Mirror, Mirror? Well, then.

Okay, I am honestly quite curious about what may come from a visually-inclined filmmaker’s take on Beauty and the Beast — since it is, after all, a tale that’s been brought to the screen in a sumptuous manner twice over (Jean Cocteau and Disney, I mean). Fruits of the labor won’t be coming our way for longer than I’d prefer — October is the proposed start time for production — but, even then, this kind of goes back to my sentiment: the casting is interesting, appropriate, and promising enough for me to grant some attention right off the bat.

Would you be up for another Beauty and the Beast? How about with Seydoux and Cassel?

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