While Disney’s live-action fairytale films over the past few years have essentially been riffs on the studio’s classic animated movies, the more we hear about the planned Beauty and the Beast live-action flick, the closer it sounds to the wonderful 1991 film.
Now we have more evidence of that, as THR reports that Josh Gad is set to play Lefou, a character created for the animated movie, who is the sycophantic sidekick of the arrogant Gaston (who will be played by Luke Evans). It also adds to the still unconfirmed idea that this will use the Oscar-winning songs too, as Gad found huge success in The Book Of Mormon on Broadway and as singing snowman Olaf in Disney’s Frozen.
Emma Watson is the Beauty ad Dan Stevens is the Beast is the movie, which Bill Condon is set to direct. No release date has been set, but it’s expected to shoot this summer.