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Ian McKellen joins Disney's Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth

Sir Ian McKellen in X-Men: The Last Stand

IAN McKellen has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth.

The veteran actor will line up alongside Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as the vain villain Gaston and Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s buffoonish and loyal sidekick.

Bill Condon is directing the movie, which is will update Disney’s own 1991 animated classic.

Cogsworth is the Prince’s butler who is transformed into a clock. The character doesn’t have any major musical numbers but he does make part of the Be Our Guest show-stopper.

McKellen is best known for his roles as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies as well as the evil mutant Magneto in the X-Men franchise.

He will shortly be seen in eagerly-anticipated movie Mr Holmes.

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