Beauty and the Beast star Luke Evans has given an update on his upcoming Gaston series for Disney Plus.
In the film, Luke Evans played the film’s primary antagonist Gaston who, like in the original animated film, had an unhealthy obsession with the protagonist, Bell. In the end, the character attacked the Beast’s castle before apparently dying when a bridge he was on collapsed. However, it seems that the actor is not entirely done with the role.
Earlier this year, it was officially announced that a new prequel Disney Plus series revolving around Luke Evans’ Gaston was in development. Now the actor has finally given us an update on the upcoming series. While speaking to Collider, the Beauty and the Beast actor talked about how he and Josh Gad hit it off and came up with the idea for the Disney Plus series and how far along it was:
“Josh and I, even when we were working on Beauty and the Beast, I recall, as two human beings, we liked each other a lot. We made each other laugh, we respected each other’s talent, and we had a great time. Even then, 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. So, when the idea really came to fruition and we got on board some incredible writers, and Josh, especially, had an incredible idea that, once it was born, it just flew itself. And when we pitched the idea to Disney+, they were very excited about it.
Now, we’re in fully fledged development. The second and third episodes have been written and we’ve heard some of the music by Alan Menken. We’re just so honored to have him on board, writing the music, which is extraordinary, in itself. We feel so lucky to have this talented group of people creating a story about two much loved and much hated characters, but that’s the excitement. 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.”
What do you all make of this update? Are you glad to hear that the upcoming Gaston series is in full development? What did you think of the live-action Beauty and the Beast film? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Here’s the official synopsis:
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
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