01/03/2017 09:09 GMT | Updated 01/03/2017 15:28 GMT

'Beauty And The Beast' To Feature First 'Exclusively Gay Moment In A Disney Movie'

LeFou will be seen struggling with his feelings for Gaston.

Disney history is set to be made with the release of ‘Beauty And The Beast’, as it has been revealed it will feature the first “exclusively gay moment” in one of their films. 

Director Bill Condon has told of how the live action version of the classic 1991 animation will see manservant LeFou struggling with his sexuality.

LeFou (left) will develop feelings for Gaston in the live-action version of 'Beauty And The Beast'

Speaking to Attitude magazine, Bill explained the character - played by Josh Gad - will develop feelings for his friend, Gaston (Luke Evans) - the film’s primary antagonist.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” he said. 

“He’s confused about what he wants. 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 pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

In the original film, LeFou is Gaston’s sidekick who is responsible for the musical number ‘Gaston’. 

News of how the character will be portrayed in the live-action version comes after Disney aired its first gay kiss in a TV cartoon.

The first gay kiss in a Disney cartoon has also aired on 'Star vs The Forces Of Evil'

In the second season of Disney XD’s animated series ‘Star vs The Forces Of Evil’, Star attends a concert with her close friend Marco, where many couples in the audience are seen kissing, including a gay couple. In a later scene, two women also share a romantic moment.

Last year, Disney won praise from fans after it included what they believed to be a lesbian couple in recent film ‘Finding Dory’, although the studio never officially commented on the women’s sexuality.   

One of the film’s stars, Ellen DeGeneres claimed the animation also featured a transgender stingray

‘Beauty And The Beast’ stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the Belle and the Beast respectively, and is slated for release on 17 March. 

Emma and Dan cover the latest issue of Attitude magazine, out now. 

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