• Director Bill Condon says one character will explore his sexuality. (Facebook/Disney)Source: Facebook/Disney
The new live-action film will feature a character who explores his sexuality.
Michaela Morgan

1 Mar 2017 - 3:28 PM  UPDATED 1 Mar 2017 - 3:33 PM

The director of the new Beauty and the Beast film says one character from the classic tale will explore his sexual orientation, culminating in a “gay moment”.

Bill Condon told Attitude magazine that manservant LeFou - played by actor Josh Gad - experiences romantic feelings for his boss, Gaston.

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Condon says LeFou “is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston”.

Disney has shared a clip of the song "Gaston" from the upcoming film where LeFou sings, “For there’s no man in town half as manly / Perfect, a pure paragon” about the leading man.

“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings,” says Condon.

“And Josh [Gad] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.

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“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.”

Fans have reacted excitedly to the news on Twitter: