‘Beauty and the Beast’ Prequel Series Confirmed for Disney+
The prequel series was in development back in early 2020 and there have been few updates until now. The untitled Beauty and the Beast Prequel Series is officially confirmed, according to Variety.
The live-action musical series will star Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who will reprise the roles of Gaston and LeFou respectively from the 2017 film. Newcomer Briana Middleton will join the show as Tilly, LeFou’s step-sister.
The Disney+ Series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s stepsister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the trio off on an unexpected journey. 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 harbours many secrets. The iconic kingdom featured in the 2017 remake. The show is set years before the events of the original film.
The series will consist of eight episodes, with filming starting in Spring 2022. It will be written by Josh Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz with each serving as a co-showrunner. Luke Evans will produce. The project is set to feature an original soundtrack from the legendary composer Alan Menken, who will also serve as executive producer.
2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” was a live-action remake of the animated classic, with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles. Watson and Stevens aren’t attached to the series, but a cameo appearance can’t be ruled out. The film had a good critical reception, holding a 71% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a huge commercial box office success, grossing over $1.2 billion worldwide on an estimated budget of $160 million.