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Audra McDonald 'Private Practice' star to join 'Beauty and the Beast' cast

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Private Practice star, Audra McDonald, is in final negotiations to join the cast of Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.

In a report by THR, the Tony Award-winning actress will join a roll call that includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad in the live-action film, which would be directed by Bill Condon.

In Beauty, McDonald will be playing Garderobe, the French word for wardrobe, whom along with Mrs. Potts, a kettle, assists Belle-which is played by Emma Watson- in her initial loneliness and takes part in the "Be Our Guest" showstopper.

The character also sings a solo as part of "Human Again," a song which was deleted from the 1991 movie but later added to the 2002 special-edition DVD.

Production begins in May 2015 at Shepperton Studios in London.

McDonald is a stage star who has won acclaim for both her vocal and dramatic chops, reflected in her Tony wins.

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