Los Angeles, June 17, 2021: After months of speculations, Disney Plus has greenlit an eight-episode prequel series of Disney's 2017 American musical romantic fantasy feature film, Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as the titular beauty and Dan Stevens as the beast.
Neither of Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the prequel series, however, according to reports, both can make guest appearances. Josh Gad and Luke Evans will reprise their roles from the feature film while the limited series will also star Briana Middleton, who will portray LeFou's (Gad) step-sister, Tilly.
The story of the prequel is set years before the Beast and Belle's romance and follows Gaston (Evans) and LeFou as they set off with Tilly, after a surprising revelation from Tilly's past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio on a 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, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Josh Gad will write and executive produce the series alongside Once Upon a Time in Hollywood creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy will also serve as an executive producer while EGOT-winner Alan Menken will compose the soundtrack.
The production of this musical extravaganza series will begin to roll out in 2022.