‘Beauty and the Beast’ prequel: Is Josh Gad’s character actually gay?
Josh Gad, in a recent interview with Variety, hinted that his Beauty and the Beast character LeFou will continue to be gay in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast prequel series coming to Disney+.
Gad’s Beauty and the Beast character came out during the 2017 adaptation of the film, though some were . . . less than happy with the short, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reveal of his sexuality in the film. Nevertheless, Gad did strongly hint that his Beauty and the Beast character’s sexuality will be further explored in the Disney+ series.
Naturally, Twitter is already discussing this news on this Beauty and the Beast character and the upcoming series as a whole. We sang our way through the threads to find the best reactions to this latest news on the prequel series. Be our guest as we dive into what we know so far about LeFou and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast series on Disney+.
Gaston and LeFou’s big comeback
The Disney+ series is set to begin filming in spring 2022 and follows Gaston, LeFou (Louie), and Louie’s step-sister Tilly as they venture on an unexpected journey set in motion by a “surprising revelation” about Tilly’s past.
The series is developed, executive produced, and show-run by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and features an original soundtrack by longtime Disney composer and EGOT Award-winner Alan Menken, with Liesl Tommy directing the first episode. In short, the show already has a recipe for success.
Of course, some fans are already a bit concerned considering the latest trend of “representation” Disney has given audiences, with the most recent being Cruella but also seen in films such as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. However, Gad does assure that this Tale as Old as Time will give a proper nod to LeFou this time around, especially after the backlash from the original film.
There may be something there . . . .
Gad went on the “Just for Variety” podcast yesterday to discuss LeFou and if the prequel series will cover his coming-out journey alongside how LeFou and Gaston became the friends we see in the 2017 adaptation.
“I think that we have origin stories here that are unbelievably exciting because they’re unexpected. And I think ‘expect the unexpected’ is all I can really say,” Gad told Variety “And not just with regard to LeFou and Gaston but to a lot of the new characters that we’re introducing.”
While his words should be reassuring, some fans are still a bit skeptical, as Disney’s track record with representation has been lacking so far and LeFou’s status as a gay character was only seen in a single moment in the original film during the “Gaston” scene when he danced with one of the male patrons. Of course, when it comes to the House of Mouse, this news has already gotten a lot of attention from fans.
The first and most relevant question is why make a prequel series to Beauty and the Beast at all
— Taylor Rollins (@TRollins1138) July 15, 2021
Twitter is sus
Many Disney fans have taken to Twitter to voice their doubts about the intentions behind the prequel series, with some asking why one is being made at all. Reactions to Gad’s interview and the news of the series include:
— Lord of the Black Water 🇨🇦 (@Trekk12) July 15, 2021
This isn’t the reaction Disney is hoping for, we think.
I don’t believe for a second Disney will let him actually be gay. At best he’ll get a a few sentences about it, if that.
— Adam Myers (@TheAdamSplitter) July 15, 2021
The odds are stacked against you on that, Disney.
I don't even know what would constitute the unexpected at this point. Is he a furry?
— Some Guy (@wokshovel) July 15, 2021
Dear God, we hope not.
45 minute gay sex scene here we come baby
— big Dunk (@unoriginalfucc) July 15, 2021
That does fall under “unexpected” . . . .
— Bleak (@BleakSolo) July 15, 2021
Aka everyone’s reaction in a nutshell.
What are your thoughts on this upcoming Disney+ prequel? Drop them below in the comments before the last petal falls!