Beauty And The Beast has been long overdue for an update, and the upcoming adaptiation, which hits theaters March 17, promises just that. A more modernized Belle (as an inventor who wears boots) is an important step for female characters, and director Bill Condon has another surprise up his sleeve: Disney's first openly gay moment.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," he says. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh 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.”
It's a small, but important step towards making these stories more inclusive.
"Stockholm syndrome is where a prisoner will take on the characteristics of, and fall in love with, in this really strange way, their captor," Watson explained. "Belle actively argues and disagrees with [the Beast] constantly. She has none of the characteristics of someone with Stockholm syndrome. Because she keeps her independence. She keeps her independence of mind."
While that may be up to interpretation, it's good to know the movie is actively being more progressive in other areas. We can't wait to see how it turns out on screen.