Just when we thought we couldn't be any more amped for the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, its director has dropped an exciting bombshell: The movie will feature Disney's very first openly LGBTQ character. Like, ever.
Think you know who it is? Here's a hint: The character in question is really good friends with — and maybe in love with — the movie's main villain.
That's right: Disney's first out-and-proud character will be LeFou, Gaston's sidekick.
According to director Bill Condon, LeFou will get his own subplot, complete with an "exclusively gay moment."
"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," Condon dished to Attitude magazine.
"He’s confused about what he wants," Condon explained. "It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh (Gad, who plays Lefou,) 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."
Attitude editor in chief Matt Cain called the announcement about LeFou's sexuality "a watershed moment for Disney" that's been "a long time coming."
"By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural — and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it’s still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay," Cain said.
"It's only a first step towards creating a cinematic world that reflects the one in which many of us are now proud to live," he continued. "But it’s a step in the right direction and I applaud Disney for being brave enough to make it — and in doing so hopefully helping to change attitudes and bring about real social progress."
Cheers to that!