Dabn Stevens, Richard Madden

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With Cinderella's release right around the corner, Richard Madden is already looking to the future...by gearing up for Beauty and the Beast!

No, the Game of Thrones alum won't be appearing in Disney's newly announced live-action flick, but as someone with Disney experience, he had some advice for Dan Stevens! And what did his words of wisdom entail?

"Practice your dancing, because you're gonna have to do it at some point!" he told The Hollywood Reporter.

At a screening Sunday afternoon in New York City, Madden and Cinderella co-star Lily James both revealed how excited they are not only to see Beauty and the Beast but also for the cast involved in the production! (Stevens co-starred in Downton Abbey with James.)

"I'm so excited he's playing the Beast! I couldn't believe it, I texted him immediately," James said.

He will be playing opposite Emma Watson, who was cast as Belle in January, pretty much making all of our dreams come true. What do you think about Aladdin for after Beauty and the Beast, Disney?

Lily James, Disney, Cinderella


Watson welcomed Stevens via Twitter Thursday. "Could not be more happy that this man will be Beast!!! Welcome aboard @thatdanstevens #beautyandthebeast," she wrote, including a photo.

Sunday, which was also happened to be International Women's Day, gave James the perfect opportunity to celebrate the courage of her updated Disney princess.

"This Cinderella is a really powerful, strong character — I wanted to bring a strength of spirit to the role," James dished during the event at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

Madden echoed her thoughts, and also said that director Kenneth Branagh's more modern approach makes Cinderella totally independent unlike the animated versions, who have long been criticized for being unable to succeed without the help of a man.

"This young woman in distress doesn't need a man to save her. That's totally irrelevant — she'd be fine without the prince, she'd get on with it."

Cinderella wasn't the only character to get a personality makeover! Madden joked that his Prince Charming has a "sense of humor — the ability to make fun of himself and have a bit of banter with his dad." 

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