Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast has added Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald for one of our favorite supporting roles in the film.
McDonald will play the Wardrobe, the closet in Belle’s room during her stay in the Beast’s castle. She, like other supporting characters, turn into humans by the end of the film.
As a wardrobe, the character comforts Belle when she’s upset about the Beast holding her father Maurice and acting like a general meanie towards her. Later, the Wardrobe fights in the battle for the castle when Gaston’s team moves in to kill the ghastly Beast.
McDonald — who has won Tonys for her work in such shows as Porgy and Bess and Lady Day in Emerson’s Bar and Grill — is the latest in a growing line-up of stellar cast members joining Disney’s upcoming fairytale.
Beauty and the Beast also stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Kevin Kline as Maurice.
The movie, directed by Bill Condon with music by Alan Menken, hits theaters March 17, 2017. It is expected to include a heavy music presence. As Disney stated in a press release earlier this month, the film will “feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.”
What do you think of McDonald as the Wardrobe?
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the latest in a growing line-up of live-action recreations based on the studio’s library of animated classics. Their live-action Cinderella hit theaters earlier this month and received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Looking ahead, the studio is working on live-action versions of Dumbo with Tim Burton at the helm and The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau.