Beauty and the Beast prequel gets sanctioned

OTT platform Disney Plus has greenlit a new musical series that will serve as a prequel to the 2017 live-action movie version of `Beauty and the Beast`, which starred Emma Watson as the titular beauty and Dan Stevens as the beast.

According reports, neither of those stars will be in the prequel series, however, as it focuses on Gaston, LeFou/Louie and a new character in the form of Louie’s stepsister Tilly. The show also comes complete with a new soundtrack by legendary Disney composer Alan Menken.

The new story will be set years before the events of Beauty and the Beast and will follow Gaston, LeFou and Tilly on an “unexpected journey” after a surprising revelation from Tilly’s past comes to light, according to a statement from Disney.

It read, “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.”

Josh Gad will write and executive produce the series alongside Once Upon a Time in Hollywood creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy will also serve as an executive producer. 


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