There’s nothing Disney loves more than mining its previous hits for new content, which is why a Beauty and the Beast streaming series about its villains makes perfect sense: It’s a spin-off prequel of a live-action remake of one of Disney’s most beloved animated classics. How was this not already in the works?
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Luke Evans and Josh Gad will be reprising their roles as jerky beefcake Gaston and his jerky sidekick LeFou; Gad will also be a co-writer with showrunners Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time). The trade also noted that the as-yet-untitled Disney+ show will be “a six-episode musical event,” and reminded anyone who forgot how Beauty and the Beast ends that it’ll be a prequel.
Since the project is still in its early stages, there’s not much more information as yet—THR cites “sources” as saying the show will “expand the Beauty and the Beast universe,” and that “there is a possibility that” other stars from the movie, like Emma Watson or Dan Stevens, “could pop in for a guest spot.” As for the plot, we had some ideas back when the movie came out in 2017, and we’re just glad this is the next stop for the Beauty and the Beast money train rather than a cinematic sequel.