Disney’s “Beauty” Boasts Its First Openly Gay Character

In a moment dedicated to the animated film’s late lyricist Howard Ashman, Disney’s upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” will boast the studio’s first-ever openly LGBTQ character.

Josh Gad’s Le Fou, sidekick to antagonist Gaston (Luke Evans), will undergo a very minor subplot alteration. The film’s director Bill Condon spoke with Attitude magazine about it:

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. 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.”

The 1991 animated film centered on the theme of ostracism, and the cast explained that their live-action retelling will do so as well. Emma Watson says:

“I think it was really important for Dan and I to develop and understand why each of our characters feel as if they don’t fit in. I certainly felt watching the original that I wanted to know more about why Belle feels that she’s different and why she wants to be different and why she’s naturally different.”

Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald and Stanley Tucci are also featured in the film which opens March 17th.