Disney is indeed working on a

Beauty and the

Beast series

starring Luke Evans and Josh Gad in the lead roles,

Deadline

writes

Tuesday.

The series, which has been rumored for a while, will appear on Disney+.

The story takes place before that of the live-action film

Beauty and the Beast

(2017), which was based on the 1991 animated classic of the same name. Actors Evans and Gad, who appeared in the live-action version as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), respectively, return. for the series back in their roles.

Actress Briana Middleton, known for the film

The Tender Bar

, has been added to the cast and will play the role of Louie's stepsister Tilly.

Composer Alan Menken, responsible for the soundtrack of both

Beauty and the Beast

films, will write the music for the series.

Shooting will begin next spring.

It is not yet known when the episodes will appear on Disney+.