Josh Gad Hints at New Music from Alan Menken for ‘Gaston and LeFou’ Disney+ Series. Though Disney has yet to confirm the series, THR reported that Disney has ordered a 6-episode musical prequel series for Beauty and the Beast focused on the characters of Gaston and LeFou. The live-action film, released in 2017, grossed over $1 billion at the global box office and won over audiences world wide despite initial concerns over adapting the animated feature film into a live-action film.
Josh Gad recently shared a cryptic tweet with a photo of his performance as LeFou along with the caption: “This week I may or may not have hears a few new [Alan Menken] songs for something in the works and I may or may not be quaking with excitement.”
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 24, 2020
At the helm of the ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ prequel series are veteran Disney writers, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. If those names sound familiar that’s because they are the writers for ABC’s hit television series Once Upon a Time. The pair has had a bit of experience writing Beauty and the Beast related content with that story being an integral part of the series and a major arc of redemption for the character Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle).
Both Josh Gad (LeFou) and Luke Evans (Gaston) are set to reprise their roles for the series, with rumors that Emma Watson (Belle) and Dan Stevens (Beast/Prince Adam) may appear in guest appearance roles. It is currently unknown if other cast members such as Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Kevin Klein (Maurice), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellan (Cogsworth), and others will join the 6-episode series. Previously rumored to return is Oscar winning composer and Disney Legend Alan Menken, and it looks like Gad himself is confirming our suspicions that Menken will be composing the soundtrack for the series and it will incorporate musical numbers just like the live-action film.
THR reports that Kitsis, Horowitz, and Gad will be writing and producing the series for Disney+. No other details are available at this time. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co for all things Disney+!
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