Announced in April, the Beauty and the Beast prequel series that will focus on Luke Evan’s Gaston and Josh Gad’s LeFou has added Briana Middleton to the cast in a role codenamed “Tilly”, and was originally looking for a 19-year-old in a recurring part. That news was confirmed earlier this week, when Disney announced that the Beauty and the Beast prequel was officially greenlit as a limited musical series. Disney revealed exactly what the show will be in a press release to 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, Beauty and the Beast (working title) from Disney Branded Television and ABC Signature. An eight-episode prequel to the 2017 live-action film, Beauty and the Beast plays Luke Evans (the alienist) and Josh Gad (Frozen 2), reprise their roles as gaston and LeFou (Louie), and couple Briana Middleton (The Tender Bar) as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly.”
Beauty and the Beast was developed, produced and written by Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (There was once), each serving as a co-showrunner. The series’ creative team also includes Tony Award-nominated director Liesl Tommy (blacked out, respect), who has come on board as an executive producer and will direct the first episode.”
The project will feature an original soundtrack by EGOT Award-winning composer Alan Menken, who will also serve as executive producer, and will be the lyrics for the first episode by Oscar nominee Glenn Slater (“Tangled”). Production will begin in the spring of 2022.”
Briana Middleton is relatively unknown in the industry, having mostly appeared in short films before appearing in The Tender Bar this year. With a prominent role in the upcoming Disney+ series, it’s a surefire way to get more attention in the industry and could be an excellent pivot for the young actress’s career. While it was a bold move to cast a relatively unknown in the role, Disney was not unfavorable to casting 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 in tow, isn’t exactly a huge risk on their part.
Set in the iconic kingdom of Beauty and the Beast years before the epic romance of the Beast and Belle, the series follows Gaston and LeFou as they set out with LeFou’s stepsister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy and adventure. As the mysteries of the past are revealed and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom holds many secrets.”
Beauty and the Beast will start filming in about three months, so it’s likely we’ll see more casting soon and what to expect from the set. Since the production takes the attention away from Belle and The Beast, it’s unlikely that either will be on the show, except perhaps in a passing mention. But that won’t stop fans of the franchise from being drawn back into that world as we learn more about the Disney villain and his sidekick.
When Disney their Beauty and the Beast live-action remake in 2017, it immediately became as popular as the 1991 animated film it was based on. At more than $1.3 billion at the box office, it became one of the biggest films of all time and proved a huge hit with fans of its lead actors, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, who took on the iconic roles of Belle and Beast respectively. . With such a positive response, talk about sequels and other projects related to the story started almost immediately. While it took a while for anything to progress, it’s safe to say that the prequel we’re getting is a good extension of the story without going too much down the repetitive path of following other Belle and Beast stories like the animated sequels. did.
With the prequel starting to take shape, no doubt we’ll soon find out what to expect when the series arrives sometime next year. Whether it takes the form of a musical comedy, which despite Gaston’s villain status wouldn’t be too difficult given their on-screen comedic relationship, remains to be seen, but it’s unlikely the story won’t be without comedy. elements regardless of what the storyline turns out to be. It is not yet clear when Beaty and the Beast will premiere on Disney+.
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