In the day and age where every pop culture character is granted their own origin story, it should come as no surprise that two of Disney‘s dastardly villains are getting one.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Luke Evans and Josh Gad are set to reprise their roles from 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” as Gaston and LeFou for a six-episode prequel series for Disney+. The Mouse’s streaming service is teaming up with “Once Upon a Time” creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz to bring to life the limited musical event. While the project is still in the early stages of development, the story is set to expand the world of “Beauty and the Beast” as it follows Gaston and LeFou before the events of the 2017 Box Office smash hit. Maestro Alan Menken is in talks to compose the music and sources close to the project hint at the possibility of guest appearances from other stars of the live-action remake.
Kitsis, Horowitz, and Gad are currently working on a script and will all serve as showrunners with the trio plus Evans serving as executive producers.
The report states that the project came about while Kitsis and Horowitz collaborated with Gad on the now-canceled “Muppets Live Another Day” Disney+ series. Following the departure of the trio from Muppets, conversations began regarding the possibility of a “Beauty and the Beast” prequel.
While the decision to greenlight this series is a bit unusual, Kitsis and Horowitz’s time with “Once Upon a Time” makes them ideal candidates to head up the project. It should also be noted that the two showrunners previously explored the world of “Beauty and the Beast” on “Once Upon a Time,” and perhaps some of their ideas can be traced back to there.
In the meantime, however, audiences can catch Kitsis and Horowitz’s work this Friday with the debut of Apple TV+‘s anthology series, “Amazing Stories.”