Audiences of all ages are eagerly awaiting the release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and are curious to see what modern twists the live-action adaptation of the animated classic will take. In an interview for Attitude‘s April issue, director Bill Condon has revealed that the re-imagining of the beloved classic will make history by introducing the first openly gay character to appear in a Disney film.
Condon revealed that live-action film’s version of Le Fou, played by Josh Gad, will have his own subplot where the character comes to terms with his sexuality.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.”
Condon elaborated, slightly, on Le Fou’s storyline and Josh Gad’s performance as the side-kick to lead villain Gaston, played by Luke Evans.
“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Fans can read the entire interview by purchasing the magazine in stores or by ordering the issue here.
The decision to feature an openly gay character in what is already shaping up to be a widely viewed film is a bold but long overdue move by Disney. The decision also adds a new dimension to both Le Fou’s loyalty to Gaston and the lead villain’s mission to win Belle’s affection with the help of his side-kick.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Babette and Audra McDonald as Wardrobe.
Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17, 2017.