Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon has revealed that Beyoncé, legend, icon, star, and goddess divine, turned down an offer to co-star in the live-action remake. Condon previously cast Beyoncé as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination and solidified her place as America’s Sweetheart, not just Houston’s.
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In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Condon expressed his interest in getting Queen B in the cast for the Disney classic, because “seeing if Beyoncé is available” should be the first item on the to do list of any musical director.
“Isn’t that weird? God, it seems crazy!” Condon said regarding the quite small amount of musicals Beyoncé has appeared in. “I even tried to get her into Beauty and the Beast, but it wasn’t a big enough part. She would have been a good feather duster.”
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First of all, if you’re going to offer Beyoncé a role in your movie you should probably know the name of the character you’re asking her to play.
But that’s half the problem, the character goes by a variety of names depending on who’s producing the show: Babette in the musical, Fifi in Belle’s Magical World, and Plumette in Condon’s live-action remake. The token French maid character, who in Condon’s 2017 remake has been re-designed as a swan (props), is apparently so unimportant that her name is irrelevant. Which isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have big names in small roles, but I do think you shouldn’t have big names in small roles just because they can sing and dance and look good in a skirt.
I know the character is predominantly CGI, but come on, I’m trying to make a point here. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, known for her role in the Emmy award winning episode “San Junipero” of Black Mirror, eventually took the part and did a fantastic job.
Condon is excited for the future of big-screen musical entertainment, and the role Beyoncé will play with that. “You look at something like Lemonade: that is brilliant. That is a brilliant new direction for movie musicals.” I vote we start with a full length feature film written by, about and starring Beyoncé, and then go from there. Cool? Cool.
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