Gaston is famous for complaining that books are unreadable because there are no pictures in them. But there's good news for him: Just in time for the original 1991 Beauty and the Beast film's 30th anniversary celebration, Disney+ has greenlit a limited musical series that'll serve as a prequel to Belle and the Beast's story. This new Beauty and the Beast prequel will star some familiar faces in the cast too. Here's all the news fans will need to know about the project:
The concept of a Beauty and the Beast prequel might seem a little awkward. After all, the film's original premise is that Belle is the outsider in town, wandering around muttering about how there must be more than this provincial life. Meanwhile, the Beast has been hanging out in his castle under self-imposed magical quarantine for somewhere around a decade, glumly staring at bottled-up floating flowers. If you want to make a prequel about that, be our guest, but this is not exactly the stuff of great drama.
But that’s not what the show will focus on. Instead, Disney is doing Beauty and the Beast without focusing on the titular beauty or her beast. So, what's left? Luckily, one man is so singular in his abilities he's perfect for a new series. Make way for the man who ate four dozen eggs every morning to help himself get large. The star of this show is roughly the size of a barge: Gaston!
Beauty and the Beast Prequel Cast
According to a press release from Disney, the new series will be a live-action prequel to the 2017 remake of the 1991 film. And much like the Marvel series on the streamer, the Disney+ show will bring back the stars fans know and love from the film, specifically Luke Evans and Josh Gad who reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), respectively.
But these French brothers in arms won’t be the only ones starring in the new show. Disney has also cast newcomer Briana Middleton as the series’ leading lady, Tilly, Louie's stepsister.
Beauty and the Beast Prequel Plot
The new take on Beauty and the Beast will apparently focus on Gaston and Louie and try to answer how these two disparate characters became such good friends. But that’s not all the show will cover. Fans who have ever wondered about the enchantress who put the original spell on the Beast might also want to tune in.
Here’s the new series’ 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.
Beauty and the Beast Prequel Teaser
Since the project was only just announced in June 2021, there’s no footage as of yet. But Jonnie Davis, president of ABC Signature, which is producing the series, gave fans a window into what to expect. “There are few more precious gems in the Disney library than this iconic franchise, and this prequel is both a love letter to what’s come before and its own spectacular adventure,” he said in the press release announcing the show. “[The new series] 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 would not be complete without the genius Alan Menken returning to write even more glorious music for the franchise he helped create.”
More music by Alan Menken is like catnip for Disney musical fans. One of the few people in the world to have won the full EGOT (Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony), the man is a musical legend in the Disney pantheon. Any project he puts his pen to will delight viewers’ ears.
Beauty and the Beast Prequel Release Date
The new, eight-part Beauty and the Beast limited musical series does not yet have a release date, and with filming not yet underway, chances are the new show won’t be arriving until 2022 at the earliest.