Because Disney knows there are big dollars to be made in villain origin stories, they’ve greenlighted their prequel series for Disney+ based on Beauty and the Beast’s burly egg-chugging hunk Gaston, and his goofy little friend-slash-sort of implied boyfriend LeFou. It will be set several years before Bell and the Beast and all the talking clocks and candlesticks. Will we finally find out whether every last inch of Gaston really is covered in hair, as he claims? Well, it’s Disney+, so we probably won’t be getting a shot of full-frontal Gaston (just a hunch!). As for another “exclusively gay moment,” we’ll have to wait and see on that.
Deadline reports that a Gaston-focused prequel has been talked about since 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson. After several years, Disney has finally committed to an eight-episode musical series about Gaston, played by Luke Evans, and LeFou, or Louie, played by Josh Gad. Both will be reprising their roles from the film, and the series is currently titled, Beauty and the Beast. They should keep working on the title because “Beauty and the Beast” and “television series” in the same sentence makes me think of Linda Hamilton getting horny for Ron Perlman in catman prosthetics.
This series won’t just focus on Gaston and LeFour, it will also star LeFou’s stepsister:
Set in the iconic kingdom of Beauty and the Beast years before the Beast and Belle’s epic romance, the series will follow Gaston (Evans) and LeFou (Gad) as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly (Briana Middleton), 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.
The series was developed and written by Josh Gad, and co-written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the creators of Once Upon a Time. They’ll also be serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who wrote the music for the 2017 film and the original 1991 film, will return to do the music for this series as well. Gary Marsh, president and CCO of Disney Television, released the following statement, explaining that this series will very much appeal to anyone who has ever watched Beauty and the Beast, and felt disappointed that it focused too much on the beauty and the beast, and not on two characters with less screen total time than the talking teapot:
“For anyone who’s ever wondered how a brute like Gaston and a goof like LeFou could have ever become friends and partners, or how a mystical enchantress came to cast that fateful spell on the prince-turned-beast, this series will finally provide those answers…and provoke a whole new set of questions.”
I don’t want to be provoked with more questions. I really only need one question answered, and that’s the question of why Gaston had such a stick up his ass about reading? Here’s what we know about Gaston from the films: he’s a himbo with rage issues who absolutely despises books. Was he raised in a house where the only reading material was a 1760 copy of Aggressive Buff Dudes and their Little Sidekicks Monthly? That might explain everything.