[UPDATE: Deadline has confirmed the Briana Middleton casting.]
Actress Briana Middleton joins the cast of the upcoming Disney+ spin-off of Beauty and the Beast.
Disney is currently preparing for a huge stream of shows to come out on Disney+ in the coming years from Marvel, Star Wars, and the Disney brand as a whole. This includes highly-anticipated spin-offs from recent major theatrical releases, one of those being the Beauty and the Beast prequel series centered around Gaston and Lefou.
After 2017’s Beauty and the Beast grossed over $1.3 billion at the global box-office, Disney found itself with an avenue to explore the mystical world even further with Luke Evans and Josh Gad. The two displayed a special bond on screen together as the classic villain and sidekick, and it will be exciting to learn more about their story before Belle or the Beast came into their lives.
While it’s unclear exactly what the plot of this show will focus on, it will be exciting to find out how the classic duo develops into the men that came into the original Disney animated movie from 1991.
Briana Middleton To Join Beauty and the Beast Prequel
In late April, we had the opportunity to share that Disney was in the process of casting for a role with the codename “Tilly,” a 19-year-old Black woman in a regular role on the show. Now, we are excited to share news concerning who has been cast in the role.
Our sources have notified us that Briana Middleton has been cast in the role of Tilly in the Beauty and the Beast prequel series for Disney+. There has been no confirmation from Middleton or her representatives.
While Briana Middleton’s resume isn’t too extensive, this will give her a chance to shine under the bright spotlight of Disney’s live-action remakes from the classic animated movies.
Having first started acting in 2015, she’s mostly appeared in shorts before taking on bigger projects like this year’s The Tender Bar. This role in the Beauty and the Beast prequel should help put her front and center, hopefully kickstarting a long run for her in big Hollywood entries like this one.
With filming starting in only three months, there should be plenty of other news releases concerning casting an production for this show in the coming weeks. We at The Illuminerdi hope to share more updates with you as they become available!
The Beauty and the Beast prequel series is set to begin filming in the UK in Fall 2021. Are you excited for the new series coming to Disney+? How do you think Briana Middleton’s Tilly will figure into the story? What do you think the show will be about? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comment section below or over on our social media!