A gay character in the new Beauty and The Beast film? You got that right. Disney’s first openly gay character is going to be in their live action remake of the 1991 animated film. The news is confirmed by the director himself and the character has shown his response. Who could it be? Well, it’s none other than LeFou.
Beauty And The Beast: Josh Gad As LeFou
Josh Gad stars as LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick. LeFou is described to be an eccentric person. In this Beauty and the Beast rendition, LeFou will also have a story of his own and one the deals with his sexuality.
As described by director Bill Condon and reported by Attitude magazine, LeFou is someone who admires Gaston. Condon shared that LeFou wants to be Gaston one day and the next, wants to kiss him. He says that LeFou is still quite confused with what he wants. This is actually a representation of someone who’s just realizing these sorts of feelings.
— People Magazine (@people) March 1, 2017
Condon doesn’t want to give too much away. But he did say that it’s a “nice, exclusively gay moment” in a Disney film.
Josh Gad was asked on Twitter to confirm this bit of news from Condon. Chris Parente, a television host, asked him if the movie did have an “exclusive gay moment” and that it would mean a lot to him and gay kids. Gad responded to the tweet with a simple “beyond proud of this”.
Beyond proud of this https://t.co/5wG1KfKqVZ
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 1, 2017
Disney has seemed to always play safe when it comes to their production’s themes. But it looks like changes are coming in this LGBT representation.
In the past, only hints at homosexuality were given. For instance, there were many speculations that Elsa on Frozen was gay. But none of it was confirmed. However, with this news coming from the director of the film himself and with Josh Gad responding on the matter, we’re sure of it now.
As mentioned above, the film is a live action remake of Disney’s animated film back in 1991. The remake has made headlines, not only for bringing back such a hit story but also because of the cast.
The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans as the antagonist Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Ausra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast premiers on March 17, so don’t forget to miss out this classic.