Beyonce Turned Down Role In The Live Action Beauty And The Beast

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Let’s be real, everyone on the planet Earth is a citizen in Queen Bey’s kingdom. Just accept it. It’s her world. We’re just living in it.

While Beyonce has been focusing on her prolific music career, recently capped with Lemonade, and her family, her film career has kind of hit a pause. I don’t mean film as in her visual albums because those are in a league of their own. I mean three act structure films.

Arguably, the singer’s most prolific role was in 2006’s Dreamgirls where she played Deena Jones. While Beyonce was great in the film, most of the praise and accolades went to Jennifer Hudson’s astounding performance as Effie White.

Here’s something that I didn’t know, however, Bill Condon, director for the live-action Beauty and the Beast, directed Dreamgirls. Apparently, while casting for Beauty and the Beast, Condon reached out to Beyonce to see if she would like to play Plumette.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, he said: “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.”

With the Queen, it’s go big or go home. Beyonce’s last film role was Queen Tara in the animated film Epic. Maybe she should have cameo’d as the Enchantress. That would have been cool.

The role of Plumette went to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, best known for the “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror, who did amazing in the part.

Beyonce, however, may not be out of the running for a live-action Disney film yet. She’s the top choice for the of Nala in the live action version of The Lion King out in 2019.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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