Josh Groban To Play Beast In ‘Beauty And The Beast’, Joshua Henry & Rita Moreno Also Cast In ABC Special – Deadline

Josh Groban co-leads opposite HER in ABC’s live-action animated special, Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration. The announcement was made during Friday’s panel at D23 Expo 2022.

Groban, who previously recorded a song for the 2017 The beauty and the Beast live-action film, will star Beast alongside previously announced HER as Belle. Joshua Henry has been tapped to play antagonist Gaston, while EGOT winner Rita Moreno will serve as the evening’s narrator.

Presented by The Wonderful World of Disney, the two-hour reimagining of the beloved story of The beauty and the Beast will be recorded in front of a live audience at Disney Studios and will air Dec. 15 on ABC and on Disney+ the following day.

Jon M. Chu is set to produce the special and Hamish Hamilton to direct it. Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration is produced by Done+Dusted in association with Walt Disney Television Alternative and Electric Somewhere. Executive producers are Chu, Caitlin Foito, Hamilton, Raj Kapoor, Richard Kraft and Katy Mullan. HER serves as producer.

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