Heat Vision has revealed that Frozen star Josh Gad will play Gaston’s buffoonish sidekick Lefou in Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action take on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Lefou was created specifically for Disney’s 1991 version of the tale, where he was voiced by Jesse Corti.
Gad will star opposite Luke Evans, who will playing Gaston, along with leads Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the transformed prince known only as Beast.
Set to be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, Beauty and the Beast marks the latest in a string of live-action retellings of classic Disney animated classics. In addition to the recently-released Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, the studio released their Kenneth Branagh-helmed Cinderella today and has a Jon Favreau-directed version of The Jungle Book on the way April 15, 2016, as well as a Tim Burton-ized take on Dumbo in the works.
Gad, who just reprised the voice of snowman Olaf in the short film Frozen Fever, stars opposite Billy Crystal in the upcoming FX series “The Comedians,” and has a supporting role in this summer’s Adam Sandler vehicle Pixels. He is also expected to portray Roger Ebert opposite Will Ferrell’s Russ Meyer in the biopic Russ & Roger Go Beyond and he will, of course, return as Olaf in Frozen 2.
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