Beauty And The Beast Prequel In The Works For Disney+

Josh Gad and Luke Evans will reprise their roles as LeFou and Gaston.

A Beauty and the Beast prequel series is in the works at Disney+.

Luke Evans and Josh Gad will reprise their roles as Gaston and LeFou, respectively, from the 2017 movie, with the upcoming series set to be an origin story for the two characters.

Gad, 39, is credited as a co-creator of the series alongside Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

The pair had previously been working on a Muppets show for Disney+ that was ultimately scrapped in favour of an unscripted series.

The prequel, which is yet to be given a title, will be a six-episode musical event, with composer Alan Menken in talks to return having previously worked on the movie.

Sources say that the project, which is currently in the early development stage, will take place well before the events of the film and will also serve to expand the Beauty and the Beast universe, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

LeFou and Gaston's "exclusively gay" moment in the Bill Condon-helmed movie sparked an international controversy, which led it to be banned in Kuwait and Malaysia (later lifted) and released in Russia with an adults-only rating.

Neither original leads Emma Watson nor Dan Stevens is currently attached to the show, though sources suggest there is a possibility that they could make a guest appearance.

The 2017 film, a live-action remake of the 1991 animated Disney classic,  proved to be both a box office and critical hit, although a sequel was ruled out by Disney bosses as they want to remain faithful to the story.

Speaking after the release of the motion picture, Walt Disney's Head of Production Sean Bailey suggested that the studio would be more likely to explore a spin-off or a prequel.

He said: "There are currently no plans for a sequel and the studio won't try to force one. It will explore possible spin-off and prequel scenarios." 

Besides the LeFou and Gaston spin-off, Disney is also working on an Aladdin spin-off centred on Prince Anders, with Billy Magnussen reprising his role as the not-very-bright character . — BANG

  

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