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'Beauty and the Beast' prequel series in the works at Disney+

Luke Evans will reprise Gaston in a Beauty and the Beast prequel series at Disney+. File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI
Luke Evans will reprise Gaston in a "Beauty and the Beast" prequel series at Disney+. File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI | License Photo

June 15 (UPI) -- Disney+ is developing a Beauty and the Beast prequel series.

The streaming service said in a press release Tuesday that it gave the greenlight to the new limited musical series Beauty and the Beast (working title).

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Beauty and the Beast is an eight-episode prequel to Disney's 2017 live-action film Beauty and the Beast. The 2017 film is a remake of Disney's 1991 animated movie of the same name.

The new series coincides with the 30th anniversary of the animated film.

Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who starred in the 2017 version, will reprise their roles as Gaston and LeFou. The pair will be joined by Briana Middleton, who will play LeFou's stepsister, Tilly.

The Beauty and the Beast series is set years before the Beast and Belle's romance. The series follows Gaston, LeFou and Tilly after a surprising revelation from Tilly's past sends the trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy, and adventure.

"For anyone who's ever wondered how a brute like Gaston and a goof like LeFou could have ever become friends and partners, or how a mystical enchantress came to cast that fateful spell on the prince-turned-beast, this series will finally provide those answers... and provoke a whole new set of questions," Disney Branded Television president Gary Marsh said.

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Beauty and the Beast is developed, written and executive produced by Gad, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who also serve as showrunners. Alan Menken will compose an original soundtrack for the series, with Glenn Slater to pen lyrics for the first episode.

"There are few more precious gems in the Disney library than this iconic franchise, and this prequel is both a love letter to what's come before and its own spectacular adventure," ABC Signature president Jonnie Davis said. "Josh, Eddy and Adam's vision gives us a window into the origin of Luke's Gaston and Josh's LeFou with the twist of a new partner in crime -- Tilly, played by the luminous Briana Middleton."

Production on the series will begin in spring 2022.

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