The upcoming live-action take on Beauty and the Beast will be the first Disney film to feature a gay character.
Heterosexual love may in the spotlight between Emma Watson’s Belle and Dan Stevens’ Beast, but there will be a certain character holding some romantic feelings for the villain.
In an interview with UK gay magazine Attitude, Beauty and the Beast revealed that the character of LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will be gay in the film. As you may remember from the classic animated film, LeFou is essentially the sidekick to the primary villain Gaston, played here by Luke Evans.
Not only will LeFou’s sexuality be taken into account in a subplot, the character will be a part of Disney’s first “exclusively gay moment” on screen.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon explained.
“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising 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.”
Gad confirmed the news via Twitter:
Beyond proud of this https://t.co/5wG1KfKqVZ
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 1, 2017
For those wondering why it even matters, it’s important to note that big studios aren’t usually including LGBTQ characters in their films. The fact that this is a huge family-targeted Disney film, and one that is poised to rake it in at the box office, makes it a nice step on the road to inclusivity in mainstream cinema.
Beauty and the Beast, also starring Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline and Emma Thompson, opens in the US on March 17 and arrives in Australia on March 23.