Luc Evans | Luke Evans and Josh Gad to star in Beauty and the Beast prequel series
Luke Evans is expected to star alongside Josh Gad in a prequel series to “Beauty and the Beast”.
The 42-year-old actor will play Gaston in the upcoming series for Disney +, having previously played the role in the 2017 film.
Josh, 40, is also reprising his role as LeFou in the silver film, which starred Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
The eight-episode series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they leave with Tilly – LeFou’s half-sister – after a revelation of her past emerges.
Gary Marsh, President and Creative Director of Disney Branded Television, said: “For anyone who has ever wondered how a bully like Gaston and a fool like LeFou could have become friends and partners, or how a mystical enchantress has come to cast this fateful spell on the prince turned beast, this series will finally provide those answers… and will provoke a whole new set of questions. “
Production is slated to begin in the spring of 2022, and the series has been tentatively titled “Beauty and the Beast” – though it doesn’t feature either of the two characters.
Briana Middleton will play Tilly and Jonnie Davis, the president of ABC Signature, is already looking forward to the show.
He explained, “There are few more treasured gems in the Disney library than this iconic franchise, and this prequel is both a love letter to what happened before and its own spectacular adventure.”
The upcoming series is written and produced by Josh, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, and the show will feature original music by Alan Menkin.
Jonnie added, “Josh, Eddy and Adam’s vision gives us a window into the origin of Luke’s Gaston and Josh’s LeFou with the twist of a new partner in crime – Tilly, played by the luminous Briana Middleton.
“This dream team wouldn’t be complete without the return of genius Alan Menken to write even more glorious music for the franchise he helped create.”