Disney’s remake of the classic film Beauty and the Beast will reportedly feature the first “gay moment” in one of the company’s movies.
The film, which is a live action remake of the beloved 1991 animated film, will star Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, and Luke Evans as the villain, Gaston.
The on-screen “gay moment” involves the relationship between the character of LeFou, played by Josh Gad, and Gaston.
"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," movie director Bill Condon said of the character, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"He’s confused about what he wants," Condon continued. "It’s somebody who’s just realizing 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."
One theater in Alabama even cancelled screenings of the film due to the gay relationship.
Disney is reportedly becoming more open to representing the LGBT community on film. A few weeks ago, the company aired an episode of “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” which included a scene in which couples, including same-sex couples, listening to a romantic song, start kissing.
Beauty and the Beast is set to release to theaters on March 17, 2017.
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Publication date: March 2, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.