A prequel series to the 2017 live-action remake of the musical romantic fantasy film Beauty and the Beast is in development. The upcoming series is titled Little Town (named after the iconic opening song of the film) and centers on the main villain of the original movie Gaston (Luke Evans) and dives into his past during his time as a soldier and becoming the most beloved and arrogant member of the French village that he lived in.

Evans will once again portray the egotistical character alongside Josh Gad who will reprise his role as LeFou, Gaston’s bumbling sycophantic sidekick. The series was created by Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who will also serve as the head writers. Like the original film and its remake, Alan Menken will return to compose the music for Little Town and serve as a producer for the show alongside Gad, Evans, Kitsis, Horowitz and Liesl Tommy.

The main characters of the original Beauty and the Beast movie such as Belle (Emma Watson), Beast (Dan Stevens), Maurice (Kevin Kline), Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) will not appear in Little Town, as the show will mainly focus on Gaston, LeFou and LeFou’s stepsister Tilly (Brianna Middleston), a new character created for the upcoming series. The official synopsis for the show states: “Set in the iconic kingdom of Beauty and the Beast years before the Beast and Belle’s epic romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s stepsister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy, and adventure. While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbors many secrets.”

Many fans are unsure how to feel about Little Town, as many did not care for the 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast. The series will premiere on Disney+ sometime next year.

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