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Confirmed, ABC's 'Beauty and the Beast' Casts Darius Campbell as the Beast

February 27, 2012 (7:22 am) GMT
The Scottish singer/actor, who once landed a lead role in West End's musical 'Chicago', will play a mysterious beastly bodyguard in the reimagination of the classic story.
Darius Campbell

ABC's "Beauty and the Beast" has found one of its title characters. Scottish actor Darius Campbell has been tapped to play a mysterious beastly bodyguard named Shiro in the pilot project.

According to Deadline which first reported the news before Entertainment Weekly confirms it, Shiro will join forces with embattled princess Grace, who is yet to be cast. Her fiance Gorrick, meanwhile, will be portrayed by Australian actor .

Campbell gained fame after appearing on British talent shows "Popstars" and "Pop Idol". In acting world, he is best known for his roles in West End's plays including "Chicago", "Guys and Dolls" and "Gone with the Wind".

ABC's "Beauty and the Beast" is described as "a fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast." Jonathan Steinberg ("", "Jericho") writes the script.

In addition to this project, another "Beauty and the Beast" pilot is being developed by The CW. Loosely based on the 1980s series starring and , it is slated to be a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.

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