It stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Emma Thompson.
Also starring Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, and Tony Award victor Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast opens in US theaters nationwide on March 17, 2017. He says that LeFou is still quite confused with what he wants. "It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings", said Condon. Beauty and the Beast will feature what's being touted as Disney's first openly gay character, and the specifics of that are already causing a lot of controversy.
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Disney's recent live-action remakes have been impressive to say the least, and diving deep into their own well has allowed them to re-tell classics in interesting new ways. LeFou, played by actor Josh Gad, struggles with secret lust for Gaston throughout the movie. 'It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney.
While Disney is achieving some "firsts" with its gay movie character and same-sex on-screen cartoon kisses, its television network has been portraying same-sex relationships for years. Gaston is a parody of heterosexual masculinity, and LeFou is his craven sidekick with an unrequited crush.
But if concrete "social progress" is the aim, with the scene in Beauty and the Beast having been described as both "subtle" and "explicit", let's hope it leans more towards the latter. So these clips are just pure nostalgia in a sense that it reminds us of why we loved the animated film so much.