An upcoming film of 'Harry Potter' star, Emma Watson, is making a lot of buzz because of the controversial character featured in it. Disney, the producer of the animated film remake Beauty and the Beast, announced that it will have its very first gay character by the name of Le Fou, who will be played by Josh Gad. The film also stars Dan Stevens as The Beast and Luke Evans as the antagonistic Gaston.
The story of Watson's Beauty and the Beast is pretty much the same as the 1991 film with just the gay character added to it. In an interview with Attitude, director Bill Condon revealed how he was inspired to create a character that would help promote the visibility of LGBT on screen. This is where the character of Le Fou, Gaston's sidekick who seems to have love interest in him, came to life in the movie.
The addition of a gay character to the remake of the 1991 film top billed by Watson, however, has garnered different reactions from film viewers from all across the globe. Some people are drawn in to seeing the old story of Beauty and the Beast while others feel offended with the idea of the inclusion of a gay as one of the main characters in the story. Russian MPs and Christian-run cinemas in America have even threatened to boycott the movie, according to reports made by Independent.
Despite some angry at the the addition of gay character to the story, Beauty and the Beast is expected to hit big on its opening day. The trailer alone was recorded to have been watched 130M times in its first 24 hours making it one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Watson is even gaining recognition on her portrayal of Belle. A recent review by The Guardian mentioned that she is well cast and that it is a good performance from her. The 2017 romantic fantasy musical film is set to be released in the United States on March 17, 2017.