Another name has been added to the cast of Bill Condon’s live-action adaptation of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast”.
Josh Gad has signed on to play LeFou, the sidekick of the villainous Gaston (Luke Evans) in the upcoming film. Jesse Corti voiced the character in the original 1991 film.
LeFou was a creation of the film, not Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s original fairy tale, so his inclusion reaffirms rumors that the film is expected to be a musical and fairly close adaptation of the Disney cartoon. That has not yet been confirmed by the studio.
The actor, who recently worked with Disney as the voice of Olaf in “Frozen,” joins a growing cast that also includes Emma Watson (Belle) and Dan Stevens (The Beast).
Condon directs from a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing with filming to begin in the UK later this year.
Source: Heat Vision