Beyoncé has has shined in movie-musicals before, but Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live-action remake was not an interest of hers.
In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast’s director, described his desire to collaborate with the pop queen again after casting her in Dreamgirls.
“Isn’t that weird? God, it seems crazy!” he said of the fact that Beyoncé has been cast in so few movie-musicals. “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.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, best known for Beyond the Lights and the “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror, ultimately played the role in the film.
Even though Bey turned down Condon’s Beauty and the Beast offer, he thinks she has bigger plans for the future of big-screen musical entertainment instead. “You look at something like Lemonade: that is brilliant,” he told Yahoo. “That is a brilliant new direction for movie musicals.”