Sacré bleu, is it time to dust off our Disneyfied French so soon? The Gaston and Lefou-centered Beauty and the Beast prequel series is officially a go on Disney+. Luke Evans and Josh Gad are reprising their roles from the 2017 live-action film, and the series will apparently detail how the unlikely duo became pals. Joining them is Briana Middleton as LeFou’s stepsister Tilly. What to expect from the new series? Certainly adventure, friendship, and a lot of singing. As they (presumably) say, no one does a Disney+ limited series like Gaston.
Interestingly, the limited musical series also boasts the title Beauty and the Beast, though it’s currently a working title. As such, does the phrase “Beauty and the Beast” now refer to Gaston and LeFou? Or is it more of a reference to societal expectations in 18th century France?
Here’s more from the official synopsis:
Set in the iconic kingdom of Beauty and the Beast years before the Beast and Belle’s epic romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy, and adventure. 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.
While set in the same village from Beauty and the Beast, we’re not holding our breath for appearances from Emma Watson’s Belle or Dan Stevens’ Beast. However we do remain hopeful for a cameo or two from our favorite provincial townspeople.
The eight-episode limited musical series will feature original music from Alan Menken. Gad and writing duo Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time) will serve as showrunners and writers. Liesl Tommy is directing the first episode. Production on the series begins in spring 2022, so we have plenty of time to ponder exactly what to expect from the series.