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'Beauty and the Beast' prequel series a go at Disney+

Josh Gad is set to star in a Beauty and the Beast prequel series for Disney+. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Josh Gad is set to star in a "Beauty and the Beast" prequel series for Disney+. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

March 7 (UPI) -- Luke Evans and Josh Gad have signed on to reprise their Beauty and the Beast roles of Gaston and LeFou in a prequel series for Disney+.

The Hollywood Reporter said the six-episode musical event will be an origins story for the characters the actors played in the 2017 live-action blockbuster.

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Deadline said the project was written by Gad and Once Upon a Time creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

Composer Alan Menken -- who created the music for Beauty and the Beast, as well as the 1991 animated movie musical on which it was based -- is in talks to return for the limited series.

Kitsis and Horowitz are no strangers to the Beauty and the Beast universe.

The fairy tale was woven into Once Upon a Time, with Robert Carlyle's Rumpelstiltskin playing the Beast and Emilie de Ravin as Belle.

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