The 2017 live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST remake is getting a spin-off limited musical series coming straight to Disney+. Wiht production beginning spring 2022, the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (working title) series will be an eight-episode prequel starring Luke Evans (“The Alienist”) and Josh Gad (“Frozen 2”), reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), and introduce Briana Middleton (“The Tender Bar”) as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly.
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.
The new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST series is developed, executive-produced and written by Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Once Upon a Time”), each serving as a co-showrunner. The series’ creative team also includes Tony Award-nominated director Liesl Tommy (director for “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” and also known for “Eclipsed,” “Respect”), who has come on board as an executive producer and will direct the first episode.
The project will feature an original soundtrack from the EGOT Award-winning composer Alan Menken, who will also serve as executive producer, and lyrics for the first episode will be by Oscar-nominee Glenn Slater (“Tangled”).
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST debuts on Disney+. An exact release date has not yet been announced.