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Beauty and the Beast prequel musical series set for Disney+

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Disney+ is working on a Beauty and the Beast prequel series.

The six-episode season will be set before the events of the famous film focuses on Gaston and LeFou.

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Luke Evans and Josh Gad will be reprising their respective roles as Gaston and LeFou from the 2017 live-action film. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, who played Belle and the Beast, aren’t currently expected to be heavily involved other than in a potential guest spot.

Joining the cast will be Briana Middleton (The Tender Bar) as LeFou’s stepsister Tilly.

And composer Alan Menken, who scored the original animated movie, will return to write the music with lyrics from Tangled’s Glenn Slater.

Disney say the series “will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy, and adventure.

“While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbors many secrets.”

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Branded Television said: “For anyone who’s ever wondered how a brute like Gaston and a goof like LeFou could have ever become friends and partners, or how a mystical enchantress came to cast that fateful spell on the prince-turned-beast, this series will finally provide those answers… and provoke a whole new set of questions.”

Further details including a potential release date are to be revealed.

Beauty and the Beast was first adapted by Disney in 1991 with an animated movie, which was nominated for seven Oscars, winning two.

A live action adaption in 2017 made over $1 billion at the box office while a stage musical version has played both Broadway and the West End.

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