Disney and ABC had announced previously that the 1992 Disney classic would be transformed into a hybrid live-action/animated special, called Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration. In the weeks and months that followed the July announcement, we have begun to get a feel for the cast of this special and now Variety reports that Martin Short and Shania Twain are in discussions to join the celebration special.
Short will play the part of the charming footman who was transformed into a candelabra in the classic film, which has received numerous awards. Short has won many awards including the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award in the past.
In the animated classic, Mrs. Potts, who is turned into a teapot when the curse sets in, Twain is believed to be playing the supporting role of the head housekeeper, having received five Grammy awards, the first of which was in 2000. Twain has sold over 100 million records worldwide, including a couple of new records along the way.
Oscar winner H.E.R. will play Belle, while Grammy winner Josh Groban will play Cogsworth in the special. The soundtrack and set will be inspired by the original, and special performances will be provided to honor the film's legacy.
Jon M. Chu, Hamish Hamilton, Caitlin Foito, Jamal Sims, Richard Kraft, and Katy Mullan will direct the series, while Sims will serve as cinematographer. Electric Somewhere will direct the special.
Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration will be available on ABC on December 15 at 8 p.m. ET, and will be available online the next day on Disney+.