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Disney+’s live-action musical prequel to Beauty and the Beast is reportedly on hold. According to Variety, the show is being postponed for an unknown amount of time for “creative and scheduling issues.”
The Beauty and the Beast prequel was set to focus on Gaston and LeFou, once again played by Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who first took on the roles for 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake.
Disney announced they gave the show an eight-episode, straight-to-series order in June 2021, with Evans and Gad back on board. Since then, there has been a slew of casting announcements, including Briana Middleton as LeFou’s stepsister, Tilly; Hawkeye’s Fra Fee as Tilly’s childhood friend Prince Benoit Berlioz; and singer-songwriter Rita Ora as “a fugitive with surprising abilities.”
According to Variety, “certain creative elements” would not be ready for when the show was set to start production in Europe this summer. Any delay on shooting would influence the cast member’s availability, and so Disney reportedly decided to put the show on hold and potentially circle back to it at a later date.
The production was developed and written by Gad, Edward Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz, each of whom were also co-showrunners. Alan Menken was also set to create an original soundtrack for the project.
It’s hard to predict what will happen to the show now that it has been postponed for an unknown amount of time. Will it come back by and large the same after a few months? Will it come back eventually, albeit in some reimagined way? Will it come back at all?
Not even the Beast’s Looking Glass knows the answer at this point. In the meantime, we can watch either/both versions of Beauty and the Beast on Disney+.