'Beauty and the Beast' Spinoff with Luke Evans & Josh Gad in Works at Disney+

Monday March 9, 2020

Disney is working on a "Beauty and the Beast" prequel series, centering on characters Gaston and LeFou, for its streaming service, Disney+, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The untitled show will find actors Luke Evans and Josh Gad reprising their 2017 "Beauty and the Beast" roles as Gaston and his sidekick LeFou, respectively. The show comes from "Once Upon a Time" creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

THR writes that the show is a "six-episode musical event" where composer Alan Makes is in talks to return. Sources told the publication that the show will take place long before the events of the film and expand the "Beauty and the Beast" world. No other actors are currently attached to the project, but the sources told THR that Emma Watson, who played Belle, and Dan Steven, who played the Beast, could show up.

The 2017 live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" caused a stir at the time when it was a revealed a blink-or-you-miss it "gay moment" became a talking point of the new film. The scene in question features Gad's LeFou quickly mentioning that he has a crush on Evans's hunky Gaston. A number of ultra-right conservatives took issue with the film with many people calling for a boycott of the remake. Nevertheless "Beauty and the Beast" went on to gross more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

"(Director) Bill Condon did an amazing job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of LeFou that isn't like the original ... but that makes him more human and makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent," Gad told The Associated Press at the time. "And there's a moment at the end of the film that I don't want to ruin ... because I want the surprise to be intact, but I'm very proud of it. I think it's an incredible moment and it's subtle, but I think it's effective."

In November 2019, Gad commented on the controversy and claimed that making LeFou gay was his idea.

THR's report does not mention if the upcoming Disney+ series will explore LeFou's sexuality but the streamer recently landed in the headlines after moving its "Love, Simon" spinoff show to Hulu as it will feature "alcohol use, parents' marital issues and sexual exploration."