Luke Evans assured fans Thursday that the Gaston and LeFou prequel to “Beauty and the Beast” is still happening and that it only has been delayed.
We want to honor these characters with the best story we can possibly deliver. It’s just on hold,” Evans, 43, added. “It is gonna happen. We’re very excited about it. At some point in the near future, it will happen.”
The prequel would tell the tale 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 Emma Watson-led 2017 live-action film.
“When you’re doing something as big and as ambitious as a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ prequel, and you’re getting to play with the crown jewels, it’s gonna be an expensive undertaking,” Gad said in an interview with Collider.
“There are ways that we can tell this story and live up to the promise of what it can be, but also do it in a way that won’t break the bank.”
Despite the challenges, Gad remains hopeful the series will happen. “Ultimately, I think that will be the way forward. I hope we get to do it. I know we’re still very interested.”