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Disney+ Working On ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Prequel Following Gaston And LeFou

Disney+ Working On ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Prequel Following Gaston And LeFou

Beauty and the Beast fans, get ready, because it looks like the Disney classic is getting a spin-off series following Gaston and LeFou.

It's pretty much impossible to watch the live-action version of the classic and not fall in love with Luke Evans' Gaston and Josh Gad's LeFou, so fans are undoubtedly going to be thrilled to follow their adventures in the new six-episode musical miniseries on streaming platform Disney+.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, both actors are set to return to their roles in the new series, which is yet to be given a name.

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The series will be set ahead of the original film, which famously sees heroine Belle reject Gaston's proposal of marriage, leaving him gobsmacked and his ego wounded.

The series will centre around Gaston and LeFou (Credit: Disney)
The series will centre around Gaston and LeFou (Credit: Disney)

The publication reports that as of yet, no other stars of the 2017 film, such as Emma Watson or Dan Stevens, have signed up for the series.

However, sources didn't rule out them appearing as guest stars at some point throughout the series.

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Composer Alan Menken, who wrote songs for the 1991 cartoon version of the film as well as the most recent remake, has also been approached to return.

While Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon A Time) are set to direct the series as Gad will act as showrunner, writer, and executive producer too.

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LeFou is Disney's first gay character (Credit: Disney)
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All eyes were on Gaston and LeFou in the 2017 live-action remake, as LeFou was the first openly gay character to appear in a Disney film.

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Naturally, the characterisation was largely celebrated when the film hit screens, with many praising Disney for taking steps towards being more representative.

Although, the film was shockingly almost banned in some countries like Russia and Malaysia, with Russia eventually allowing it to air with a higher rating, while Malaysia cut one moment that particularly highlighted LeFou's homosexuality.

Throughout the movie, we saw him battle his feelings for Gaston. However, many will be keen to see if they go one step further and make the character "explicitly gay" this time, after failing to do so in the film.

Disney+ is launching a whole string of new shows (Credit: Unsplash)
Disney+ is launching a whole string of new shows (Credit: Unsplash)
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The new series comes as no surprise given the success of the 2017 film, which was the second most successful that year, pulling in over $1.2 billion (£919.6 million) at the box office.

Tyla has contacted Disney+ for comment, and we'll let you know once we have more information on this one!

In the meantime, you can check out all the TV shows and movies already confirmed to be landing on Disney+ here. These should certainly keep you busy while you wait...

Featured Image Credit: Disney

Topics: Disney, Beauty And The Beast, TV Entertainment

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