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Jelani Alladin Joins ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Prequel Series at Disney+

 

Jelani Alladin (The Walking Dead: World Beyond) has joined the cast of the Beauty and the Beast prequel series at Disney+.  The eight-episode limited musical series will focus on Gaston and his trusty sidekick LeFou with Luke Evans and Josh Gad reprising their roles from 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast.  Alladin will star as a series regular and join previously announced cast Briana Middleton and Fra Fee.

Set in the iconic kingdom of Beauty and the Beast years before the Beast and Belle’s epic romance, the series will follow Gaston (Evans) and LeFou (Gad) as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly (Briana Middleton), after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy, and adventure. While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbors many secrets.

According to Deadline, Alladin will play Jean-Michel. Charming. Cool. A talented artist who has a quick wit, a sharp intellect, and a fierce independent streak.

Alladin most recently co-starred in The Walking Dead: World Beyond for AMC. Other credits include Law & Order: SVU and FBI. He also starred on Broadway as Kristoff in Disney’s Frozen.

Alan Menken, who scored both the 1991 and 2017 Beauty and the Beast movies, is writing the soundtrack for the series, with lyrics for the first episode by Oscar-nominee Glenn Slater (Tangled).  Menken also let slip over a year ago that the Beauty and the Beast prequel will be titled “The Little Town”  in reference to the song “Belle” from the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast movie.

Tony Award-nominated director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed) will direct the first episode.

Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon A Time) are set to co-write and serve as showrunners. Gad will also serve as co-writer on the project, with Horowitz, and Kitsis executive producing.

Filming is set to begin this spring.  A Disney+ release date for the series has not been announced yet.

Source: Deadline

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