The “Beauty and the Beast” prequel series is no longer progressing as planned on Disney Plus. According to sources, the live-action musical show has been delayed indefinitely due to creativity and scheduling issues.
Disney Plus Announces Postponing ‘Beauty and the Beast’
The show was supposed to start filming in Europe this summer, but some creative elements weren’t ready yet, which could delay shooting. Given the scheduling issues and time constraints this news would cause for the show’s roster, it was decided to postpone the show and revisit it at a later date.
The news of the postponement came just days after it was announced that Rita Ora would be joining the cast of the show. It was also reported in January that “Hawkeye” co-star Fra Fee will join the series. The series was ordered by the publisher in June 2021.
Luke Evans and Josh Gad would reprise their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), respectively, from the 2017 live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast.” Also, new talent Briana Middleton would play Louie’s half-sister, Tilly.
Set in the iconic “Beauty and the Beast” kingdom years before the Beast and Belle’s romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou, who set out with Tilly after a surprising revelation from their past comes to light and takes the trio on an unexpected adventure.
Disney Plus had placed an eight-episode order for the “Beauty and the Beast” series. Gad was developed, executive produced and written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
Evans will be one of the executive producers in addition to the lead role. Liesl Tommy would produce and direct the first episode. The project will also include the original soundtrack by legendary composer Alan Menken, who also serves as executive producer. First episode lyrics by Glenn Slater. ABC signature will be the studio for possible future seasons.