In March 2020, The Hollywood Reporter shared that Luke Evans and Josh Gad were set to reprise their roles from the 2017 live-action flick. More than a year after the original announcement, the streaming service confirmed that the limited musical series would be headed to Disney+.
“An eight-episode prequel to the 2017 live-action film, Beauty and the Beast will star Luke Evans and Josh Gad, reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), and introduce Briana Middleton as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly,” a press release read. Josh, who fans may recognize from his role as Frozen‘s Olaf, is also set to executive produce the series. Since it’s a musical show, there will be tons of original songs to go along with the sure-to-be hilarious adventures of Gaston and LeFou.
At the time, Luke shared the news with followers via Instagram. “This fills me with such excitement!!!!” he captioned an announcement post. “To be bringing these characters back to life is gonna be such a trip!!! A huge Welcome to the wonderful Briana Middleton into our ever-growing Disney family.”
Nearly a year later, both the actor and his costar both revealed via social media that, for now, the show would not be going forward.
“Sadly, ‘Tis true,” Josh, for one, wrote on Twitter alongside a cancellation announcement from The Hollywood Reporter. “We tried to make it all work but under the gun it wasn’t meant to be … for now. These characters and this story will live on, but sometimes the best intentions & reality collide & nothing can be done.”
Luke added: “This is a very sad message for us to tweet. We are devastated. Goodbye, for now, from Gaston and Le Fou.”
In June 2020, Luke chatted with Collider about how the series was originally brought to life.
“We were talking about what we could do and wanting to find another project. We’ve been searching, for the last several years, projects and scripts and ideas and concepts. In the back of our minds, we definitely had thoughts about revisiting Gaston and LeFou in a different story, obviously,” he explained at the time. “There are a lot of questions about, where we will start? What we will tell? Who are these people? When you visit them, where will they be? So, it’s going to be a really fun experience. Me and Josh are literally vibrating with excitement to shoot it.”
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