One of the biggest hits of Disney’s remake era has unquestionably been Beauty and the Beast, which delivered massive box office and successfully brought one of Disney’s most beloved animated films into live-action.
Some thought they might do a sequel because of that success, but while we aren’t sure what the future holds in that respect, the next project in the universe will actually be a Disney+ prequel featuring Luke Evans’ Gaston and Josh Gad’s LeFou. We’re still waiting on more concrete information in regards to the plot, ComicBook.com reports that casting is underway for a brand new character named Tilly.
There aren’t a ton of details regarding the casting, but what we do know is that Tilly is a young Black woman around 19 years old, and is described as having great poise, an adventurous streak, and some mischief in her eyes as she tries to “write her own story.” The role will include singing and Tilly will be a series regular, so expect to see a lot of her throughout the show.
The show is expected to start filming sometime in September in the U.K., so we should see this role cast sooner rather than later, and hopefully, with the casting, we’ll get new details in regards to how she fits into the story and what the main story of this particular spinoff will be.
The question on many fans of the live action film may be asking is “will Disney finally confirm an ‘exclusively gay moment’ in the prequel series”, as pop culture critics like Jackson McHenry at The Vulture have demanded?
Disney can pat itself on its back all it wants for turning a villainous buffoon that was coded as gay in the original film into a morally ambiguous buffoon who is more obviously gay, confides in a teapot, and tries out dancing with a man. (And, to be fair, the mere existence of a gay character is still too much for some.) The true exclusively gay moment will have to come when two gay characters’ intimacy is actually at the center of the scene. Can we get a kiss? Or, since Moonlight won Best Picture, maybe even a hand job? We do hear nobody spits like Gaston.
Disgusting. Do they say such things about straight women in heterosexual relationships too? Are homosexual relationships nothing more than about sex? Is there any doubt that Disney will happily acquiesce to these demands?