If you were sitting around thinking, I need more Beauty and the Beast in my life, today is your lucky day.
Expanded universes and the return to popular franchises are all the rage these days, and during Disney Investor Day 2020, the company announced a live-action prequel series featuring two popular Beauty and the Beast characters, playing off the 2017 film starring Emma Watson as Belle.
That’s right, LeFou and Gaston—played by Josh Gad and Luke Evans—are getting an origin story in a limited series for Disney+. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be six musical episodes in the as-yet-untitled show. We think it would be safe to say that there will be plenty of comedic moments mixed in with the songs as well.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Beauty and the Beast live-action series.
The cast. Gad and Evans will be back in their roles. “Luke and I will perform the sizzle live for you all. Don’t worry. Right @TheRealLukevans? #BeautyAndTheBeastPrequel,” Gad tweeted and Evans replied, “Well, ok then.”
THR reports that neither Watson nor Dan Stevens are attached but “sources say there is a possibility that they could pop in for a guest spot.”
The creative team. Gad will also serve as one of the showrunners, alongside Once Upon a Time creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Composer Alan Menken, who did the music for the iconic 1991 animated film, is also in talks to join the series.
The plot. The series is still in the early stages of development but THR sources say it “will take place well before the events of the film and also expand the Beauty and the Beast universe.”
The release date. No timeframe has been set yet for the premiere—but we cannot wait.
This post will be updated as more information about the Beauty and the Beast series becomes available.