Director Bill Condon has told of how the live action version of the classic 1991 animation will see manservant LeFou struggling with his sexuality.
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.
“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.
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.
Emma and Dan cover the latest issue of Attitude magazine, out now.