Beyoncé Turned Down a Role in ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Because It Was Too Small, Director Once Said
The film’s director, Bill Condor, previously revealed that he pegged the superstar to appear in the Disney reboot as French-speaking feather duster, Plumette. However, Bey turned down the role mainly because it wasn’t a big enough part.
Beyoncé was considered for a not-so-major role in the film
When Beauty & The Beast director Bill Condor was rounding up actors to star in the Disney classic’s live-action remake, he tried—and failed—to get Beyoncé involved.
Since he had worked with the Queen Bey before on the 2006 musical Dreamgirls (he directed the film), Condor was well aware of her dynamic presence and thought she would be a great addition to the project.
However, the part Condor reportedly offered the superstar was a little too small for her liking, prompting her to turn down the opportunity.
“I even tried to get her into Beauty and the Beast, but it wasn’t a big enough part,” he said during a 2017 interview with Yahoo Entertainment. “She would have been a good feather duster.”
The role of Plumette, Lumière’s lover and castle feather duster, eventually went to actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Turning down the part may have been for the best
Though Beyoncé would have definitely been a good feather duster, turning down the role may have been the best thing for her.
While filming for Beauty & the Beast was taking place, the singer had a lot on her plate, both professionally and personally.
In addition to headlining sold-out world tours, running and investing in various businesses, making time for her family, and eventually falling pregnant with her twins, Sir and Rumi Carter, Bey’s schedule was jam-packed.
So, adding another major production under her belt and finding time to play a not-so-major movie role could have stretched her a little too thin.
But turning down the role of Plumette wasn’t all that bad because instead of spending time filming the live-action remake, Bey was able to focus on her own projects and release even more masterpieces she’s known for creating.
‘Beauty & The Beast’ wasn’t the only film Bey has opted of starring in
Before Condor pegged her to appeared Beauty & The Beast, Bey was considered for another Disney movie role, which she also turned down.
According to sources, the “Halo” singer was considered to voice Princess Tiana in 2009’s The Princess and the Frog.
While she was casting directors’ first choice for the iconic Disney princess, the singer ultimately lost out on the opportunity to play the character after failing to audition for the role.
“Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one,” Jen Rubin, author of Confessions of a Casting Director, told The New York Post via Page Six.
“Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it. Alicia Keys auditioned three times…They had to sing, so we made it clear they needed sheet music,” Rudin added. “Tyra came in with a CD, but it didn’t matter because she was so pretty and nice. It went to Anika Noni Rose, who was the most qualified.”
Though starring in a Disney film might not have been in her plans before, that has since changed as she recently starred as Nala in the 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King.
But seeing as though she had a lead role, a heavy hand in the official soundtrack curation, and received a hefty check from the film, it’s clear why Bey didn’t turn down that opportin.