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Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Prequel Series Adds Jelani Alladin

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actor Jellani Alladin attends Family Equality Council's "Night at the Pier" at Pier 60 on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Family Equality Council)

It’s the Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin crossover we didn’t expect…except it’s not exactly what you think.

According to Deadline, actor Jelani Alladin* is the latest to join the still untitled Beauty and the Beast prequel series.

Just yesterday it was revealed that Hawkeye star Fra Fee would also be boarding the project. Both he and Alladin join the previously announced Luke Evans and Josh Gad, reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou, as well as newcomer Briana Middleton.

Alladin will play a character named Jean-Michel, who is a talented yet charming artist with quick wit.

Believe it or not, this isn’t his first time dabbling in the world of Disney fairy-tales, as he previously starred as Kristoff in Disney’s stage adaptation of Frozen on Broadway. His performance earned him both Drama Desk and Drama League award nominations.

Most recently he’s appeared on The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

Taking place several years before 2016’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, the series will revolve around Gaston, Lefou, and Tilly (Middleton). After a shocking revelation from Tilly’s past arises, the trio will set off on an adventure that will reunite them with old friends, new rivals, all while revealing many mysteries and secrets their kingdom has been harboring for years.

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who previously created and oversaw the wildly popular ABC series Once Upon A Time, will serve as show-runners of this series alongside Josh Gad. They will also contribute as writers.

Kitsis, Horowitz, and Gad will all also executively produce the series with the legendary Alan Menken. Unsurprisingly, Menken will also provide the music for the series. Liesl Tommy (RESPECT) will also executively produce, but most importantly she’ll direct the series – as we previously reported – too.

Production was originally slated to begin in early 2022; however, all signs indicate that the project is eyeing a Spring start. It’s unclear when the series is expected to drop on Disney+.

SOURCE: Deadline

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