'Beauty and the Beast' Remake Will Feature Disney's First Openly Gay Character
Published Mar 01, 2017Animated Disney classic Beauty and the Beast is getting a live action reboot later this month, and the film's director Bill Condon has revealed that it will feature the company's first "exclusively gay moment."
In an interview with Attitude, Condon confirmed that LeFou — Gaston's comical sidekick, played by Josh Gad — is homosexual in the big-screen remake, making him the first openly gay character in a Disney film.
"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," the director said. "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."
Gad has reacted to the revelation on Twitter, claiming that he is "beyond proud" to play the historic role.
Beyond proud of this https://t.co/5wG1KfKqVZ— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 1, 2017
As previously reported, the live action version of Beauty and the Beast will hit theatres on March 17.
Watch the official trailer for the film below.