With production on numerous movies and television shows halted due to the pandemic, Luke Evans, who played Gaston in the live-action Beauty and the Beast film, has updated fans on the progress of the Disney+ series featuring himself and Josh Gad (who stars as LeFou).
Slated to be a prequel following Gaston’s life before he becomes the villain we all love to hate in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tale, the series is well underway according to Evans’s update.
The Gaston actor recently told Collider:
“Josh [Gad] and I, even when we were working on Beauty and the Beast, I recall, as two human beings, we liked each other a lot. We made each other laugh, we respected each other’s talent, and we had a great time. Even then, we were talking about what we could do and wanting to find another project. We’ve been searching, for the last several years, projects and scripts and ideas and concepts.
In the back of our minds, we definitely had thoughts about revisiting Gaston and LeFou in a different story, obviously. So, when the idea really came to fruition and we got on board some incredible writers, and Josh, especially, had an incredible idea that, once it was born, it just flew itself. And when we pitched the idea to Disney+, they were very excited about it.
Now, we’re in fully fledged development. The second and third episodes have been written and we’ve heard some of the music by Alan Menken. We’re just so honored to have him on board, writing the music, which is extraordinary, in itself. We feel so lucky to have this talented group of people creating a story about two much loved and much hated characters, but that’s the excitement. There are a lot of questions about, where we will start? What we will tell? Who are these people? When you visit them, where will they be? So, it’s going to be a really fun experience. Me and Josh are literally vibrating with excitement to shoot it.”
With a score by composer Alan Menken, who worked on both the animated Beauty and the Beast (1991) and the live-action version in 2017, and two actors who Disney fans can’t get enough of, this project sounds like it’s going to be a blast from beginning to end.
The as yet untitled Gaston and LeFou series currently has no air date, but Beauty and the will likely debut on the Disney+ streaming service sometime in 2021 or 2022.
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