There’s no stopping Disney+ from adding talent after talent for their upcoming The Beauty and the Beast prequel that explores the time of Luke Evans‘ Gaston and Josh Gad‘s LeFou before they entered Belle’s story. Deadline just broke the news that they have also added pop star Rita Ora, who many know for her work on songs like Your Song and Anywhere, who will take on the role of a fugitive with a strange ability. Her dark secret may turn the kingdom upside down.
The project has been developed by Gad, who also has writing credit and is showrunning the project alongside Once Upon a Time creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Currently, the pilot episode will be directed by Eclipsed‘s Liesl Tommy but there’s no word who might tackle the rest of the eight episodes of the musical series. As they are building upon the musical whimsy of the original, it makes sense to add a talent like Rita Ora who can add something to the project.
We know quite a bit about the plot, as Gaston and LeFou set out to help his step-sister Tilly as they are cast out into quite the adventure. Details naturally are kept under wraps, but it does sound like a promising fun project, even if it’ll be curious to see if the show tries to redeem Gaston as a character in some way.