DEADLINE: CAA has signed Luke Evans, who is currently filming David E. Kelley and John-Henry Butterworth’s Hulu miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers alongside Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Michael Shannon.
Evans will next be seen in the ITV miniseries The Pembrokeshire Murders, which debuts in January. The versatile actor has been working in multiple platforms: After starring as Gaston in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, he is attached to reprise his role and also executive produce a prequel series with Josh Gad that is in development at Disney+.
He will also be seen in the forthcoming feature Dreamland with Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer, and is coming off Netflix’s Murder Mystery and Roland Emmerich’s Midway. He also played the dragon-slaying Bard the Bowman, who took down the flying dragon Smaug in The Hobbit.
From bullied gay kid in Wales to out and proud Hollywood leading man – Luke Evans is Attitude’s Man of the Year, supported by Virgin Atlantic.
“In a way it sort of feels like the right time for it to happen,” Luke Evans says of our interview – the Hollywood star’s first with a gay magazine since his profile went global.
“I’ve talked about being gay many times in other things, but this just feels right, after this year and everything that we’ve all been through. We’ve all got a story to tell, and a journey that we’ve all been on, and we’re still here.”
In a year which saw him release his debut album and start shooting for his first gay screen role opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in television’s Nine Perfect Strangers, being crowned Attitude Man of the Year, supported by Virgin Atlantic, has given Luke a rare opportunity to pause and reflect on just how much how his life has changed a decade after he first swapped the West End stage for screen roles in The Hobbit and Fast & Furious franchises.
The ‘Alienist: Angel of Darkness’ cast open up about their friendship & parallels between the show and modern society
The cast of the 1890s-set drama “The Alienist”, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning and Daniel Bruhl, say the second season of the psychological thriller felt “incredibly current” in light of recent events involving police brutality.
Luke Evans and Josh Gad are set to reprise their roles from 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” for a prequel series at Disney Plus, Variety has confirmed.
Evans will star as Gaston with Gad returning as LeFou. The untitled project, which is currently in early development, would be a musical like the film with Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz set to co-write and serve as showrunners. Gad would also serve as co-writer on the project, with he, Horowitz, and Kitsis also executive producing. ABC Signature Studios, where Horowitz and Kitsis are under an overall deal, would produce.
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The actor and singer on baking with his mum, the joys of a kebab after work and which films have the best on-set catering
I remember once spending a Christmas with a friend’s family as our guests and as they arrived the electricity went off in the house. I had to phone the next door neighbour (who’d gone to his parents’ home with his wife and kids) and ask: “Please can I let myself in and cook my turkey in your oven?” In the spirit of things, he said: “Of course.”
My very first memory is of Marie biscuits. They were in a green packet, thin and like Rich Tea biscuits but with more writing. We’d always have butter on top. It’s a very Welsh thing, putting butter on your sweet Maries.
I was born on Easter Sunday and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, by my mother, a housewife and sometime house cleaner, and my father, a bricklayer and great general builder, in a village [Aberbargoed] in the Rhymney Valley where the colliery had recently closed. The dining table was in the middle of the narrow galley kitchen, which led to our downstairs bathroom. We always ate there and Dad would start every meal with a prayer, based on what had been going on that day. Very personal, individual and sometimes sad.
Luke Evans joins Lorraine to chat about his incredibly versatile career as a singer, actor and dancer on stage and screen. He describes finally achieving his dream of releasing an album and how singing has always been his passion. He also chats about his role as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and how it revealed his talents as a singer to a wider audience.