After the live-action remake of Beauty and The Beast by Disney, the last thing that anyone expected was a spin-off TV series for Gaston and Le Fou. Well, everyone other than Luke Evans and Josh Gad. As we reported months ago, the two characters were set for their own live-action series on the Disney+ streaming network, but now we are getting more details on how far along the show really is and how it came to be from Gaston himself, Luke Evans. The news came out in a new interview with Collider where he was promoting the latest season of his hit series, The Alienist.

“Josh and I, even when we were working on Beauty and the Beast, I recall, as two human beings, we liked each other a lot. We made each other laugh, we respected each other’s talent, and we had a great time. Even then, we were talking about what we could do and wanting to find another project. We’ve been searching, for the last several years, projects and scripts and ideas and concepts.

In the back of our minds, we definitely had thoughts about revisiting Gaston and LeFou in a different story, obviously. So, when the idea really came to fruition and we got on board some incredible writers, and Josh, especially, had an incredible idea that, once it was born, it just flew itself. And when we pitched the idea to Disney+, they were very excited about it.

Now, we’re in fully-fledged development. The second and third episodes have been written and we’ve heard some of the music by Alan Menken. We’re just so honored to have him on board, writing the music, which is extraordinary, in itself. We feel so lucky to have this talented group of people creating a story about two much loved and much-hated characters, but that’s the excitement. There are a lot of questions about, where we will start? What we will tell? Who are these people? When you visit them, where will they be? So, it’s going to be a really fun experience. Me and Josh are literally vibrating with excitement to shoot it.

Luke Evans