Luke Evans Just Spilled These Details About the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Prequel

Can I get a, "Gastooooon!"?

Don’t let those postponement headlines kill your buzz, a Beauty and the Beast prequel is still very much in the works. Fans will have the chance to be Gaston’s and LeFour’s guests soon enough, Luke Evans confirmed to EW while promoting his new movie Pinocchio.

The actor—who portrayed Gaston in the 2017 live-action remake—even went so far as to allude to the ongoing delay as a testament to how devoted the cast and crew is to making the prequel as authentic as possible.

“We just wanna make sure that it is absolutely the best it can be, and if that means we just have to wait a little longer to finesse certain pieces of it, then that’s what we’re going to do because this is a very important legacy,” Evans told the outlet.

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“We want to honor these characters with the best story we can possibly deliver. It’s just on hold. It is gonna happen. We’re very excited about it. At some point in the near future, it will happen.”

Cast of Beauty and the Beast
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The Disney+ live-action eight-part series will explore the origin of Gaston and LeFou leading up to the moment fans first meet the iconic duo in Beauty and the Beast. In June 2021, Variety announced that Evans and Josh Gad would be reprising their roles of Gaston and LeFou, respectively, and be joined by newcomer Briana Middleton, who is set to star as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly.

Since wrapping Beauty and the Beast in 2017, Evans and Gad have been all in on bringing this story to life.

“We came up with the idea of, what would it be like to delve into the past of Gaston and LeFou and how they met and who they were and why they became the people that we meet in the movie that we all know and love? That opened up several cans of worms,” Evans told EW.

He continued, “To navigate a story of those two people and also new characters, and then bring them right up to the moment where you meet them in the movie has been a thrilling experience. There’s a lot of ways it could go. So that’s where we have been so far and where we hopefully will go to in the future.”

There’s still hope on the table, but don’t count your roses. Here’s hoping we get another Evans-Gad ballad in our very near future.

Emily Weaver
Emily is a NYC-based freelance entertainment and lifestyle writer — though, she’ll never pass up the opportunity to talk about women’s health and sports (she thrives during the Olympics). Read more