Announced in April, The beauty and the Beast The prequel series which will center on Luke Evan’s Gaston and Josh Gad’s LeFou added Briana Middleton to the cast in a role codenamed “Tilly,” and originally sought to have a 19-year-old play in a recurring role. This news was confirmed earlier this week, when Disney announced that the Beauty and the Beast prequel was officially lit green as a limited musical series. Disney revealed exactly what the show will be in a press release aimed at Disney + subscribers.
As fans around the world celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved 1991 animated classic, Disney + today announced the green light for a limited musical series, Disney Beauty and the Beast (working title). Branded Television and ABC Signature. An eight-episode prequel to the 2017 live-action film, Beauty and the Beast will star 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 half-sister, Tilly. ”
Beauty and the Beast is developed, executive produced and written by Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time), each serving as co-showrunner. The show’s creative team also includes the nominated director at the Tony Awards Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, Respect), who has joined the group as executive producer and will direct the first episode. ” The project will feature a soundtrack by EGOT award-winning composer Alan Menken, who will also be executive producer, and the lyrics for the first episode will be by Oscar nominee Glenn Slater (‘Tangled’). Production will begin in spring 2022. . ”
Briana Middleton is relatively unknown in the industry, having primarily starred in short films before appearing on The Tender Bar this year. Filling in what’s a starring role in the upcoming Disney + series, it’s a sure-fire way to garner more attention in the industry and could be a great pivot point for the young actress’ career. While this is a bold move to cast a stranger in the role, Disney hasn’t refused to bring in lesser-known actors in some of their series, and with the star power of Luke evans and Josh Gad already behind the project plus a loyal fan base, it’s not exactly a huge risk on their part.
Set in the iconic kingdom of Beauty and the Beast years before the epic Beast and Beauty romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s sister-in-law, Tilly, after a surprising reveal. of her past is revealed, sending the unlikely trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy and adventure. As the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar realm holds many secrets. ”
Beauty and the Beast is expected to start filming in about three months, so it’s likely we’ll see more of the cast soon and what to expect from the set. As the production distracts attention from Beauty and the Beast, either one is unlikely to be featured in the series, except perhaps in a fleeting mention. But that won’t stop fans of the franchise from being brought back to this world as we learn more about the Disney villain and his sidekick.
When Disney released its live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast in 2017, it instantly became just as popular as the 1991 animated feature it was based on. Raising over $ 1.3 billion at the box office, it went on to become one of the biggest movies of all time and was a hit with fans of its lead roles Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, who have took on the iconic roles of Belle and Beast, respectively. With such a positive response, discussions about sequels and other story-related projects began almost immediately. While it took a while for anything to progress, we can say with certainty that the prequel we get is a good extension of the story without going too much down the repetitive route of following other stories from Beauty and the Beast as did the animated suites.
As the prequel begins to take shape, we’ll no doubt soon find out what to expect when the series arrives next year. Whether this takes the form of a musical, which despite Gaston’s villainous status wouldn’t be too much of a stretch given their on-screen comedic relationship, remains to be seen, but the story is unlikely to be. not without comedy. elements regardless of what the scenario turns out to be. It is not yet known when Beaty and the Beast will air on Disney +.
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