Luke Evans assured fans Thursday that the Gaston and LeFou prequel to Beauty and the Beast is still happening and that it’s just been postponed.
“It’s been put on hold. We just want to make sure it’s absolutely the best it can be, and if that means we have to wait just a little bit longer to refine certain parts of it, then we’ll do that because that’s a very important legacy is,” the “Pinocchio” actor told Entertainment Weekly.
“We want to honor these characters with the best story we can deliver. It’s just on hold,” added Evans, 43. “It will happen. We are very excited. It will happen sometime in the near future.”
The prequel would tell the story of how LeFou and Gaston became friends.
Both Josh Gad, 41, and Evans will reprise their roles as LeFou and Gaston – both actors starred in the 2017 live-action film, directed by Emma Watson.
“It was an exciting experience navigating through a story of these two people and also new characters and then taking them to the moment where you meet them in the film,” said Evans.
Gad explained that one of the main reasons for the constant delay is the financial cost of the show.
“When you do something big and ambitious like a Beauty and the Beast prequel and you play with the Crown Jewels, it’s going to be an expensive undertaking,” Gad said in an interview with Collider.
“There are ways that we can tell this story and deliver on the promise of what it can be, but also in a way that doesn’t break the bank.”
Despite the challenges, Gad remains hopeful that the series will happen.
“Ultimately, I think that will be the way forward. I hope we can do it. I know we’re still very interested.”
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