The Gaston musical—the show you know you never wanted—is moving full-speed ahead at Disney+. We already knew that Luke Evans and Josh Gad will reprise their roles as Gaston and LeFou respectively, and we also knew that Briana Middleton was on board as a new character named Tilly, who happens to be LeFou’s stepsister.
Today we got some more casting news—Fra Fee, who played Maya Lopez’s (Alaqua Cox) second-in-command Kazi Kazimierczak, will be joining the Beauty and the Beast live-action prequel as Prince Benoit Berlioz, who Variety describes as “a childhood friend of Tilly’s who has grown into a handsome, charismatic, confident prince.”
The eight-episode musical prequel, which is also called Beauty and the Beast—a title that is not confusing in any way shape or form—is set to begin production this spring. The project should have some good tunes—EGOT winner Alan Menken is creating the original soundtrack, and lyrics for the first episode will be penned by Oscar-nominee Glenn Slater (Tangled).
Curious what this tale about the handsomely sinister Gaston is about? Here’s the shows official synopsis:
Set in the iconic kingdom of Beauty and the Beast years before the Beast and Belle’s epic romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy, and adventure. While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbors many secrets.
What those secrets are and whether Fee’s Prince Berlioz is part of them remains to be seen. In the meantime, we can watch the animated and live-action versions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Disney+, if you so desire.