Disney+ Is Doing a Beauty and the Beast Musical Prequel Series

A new origin story for Gaston and LeFou is coming to Disney+, and it sounds like some questions will be answered.

By Lauren Piester Jun 15, 2021 8:44 PMTags
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No one fights like Gaston, douses lights like Gaston or stars in a Beauty and the Beast prequel series like Gaston. 

Disney+ has greenlit a new musical series that serves as a prequel to the 2017 live-action movie version of Beauty and the Beast, which starred Emma Watson as the titular beauty and Dan Stevens as the titular beast. Neither of those stars will be in the prequel series, however, as it focuses on Gaston (Luke Evans), LeFou/Louie (Josh Gad) and a new character in the form of Louie's stepsister Tilly (Briana Middleton). The show also comes complete with a new soundtrack by legendary Disney composer Alan Menken

The new story is set years before the events of Beauty and the Beast and follows Gaston, LeFou and Tilly on an "unexpected journey" after a surprising revelation from Tilly's past comes to light, according to the Disney+ press release. "While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbors many secrets." 

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Gad will also write and executive produce the series alongside Once Upon a Time creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy will also serve as an executive producer. 

A statement from Disney Branded Television president Gary Marsh reveals that the show will also delve into the origins of the beast's curse. 

"For anyone who's ever wondered how a brute like Gaston and a goof like LeFou could have ever become friends and partners, or how a mystical enchantress came to cast that fateful spell on the prince-turned-beast, this series will finally provide those answers…and provoke a whole new set of questions," he said. 

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What Gaston, LeFou and LeFou's stepsister have to do with the beast's curse remains to be seen, but we can't say we're shocked that the most irritating man in all the Disney princess movies is somehow involved. 

Production on this fascinating musical extravaganza will begin in spring 2022. 

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