The Guardian reports:

Director of forthcoming live-action reboot, starring Emma Watson, says film features same-sex love story.

The upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast will feature Disney’s first gay character, according to the film’s director.

In a chat with Attitude magazine, director Bill Condon had this to say about LeFou, Gaston’s crony and comic relief sidekick played by Josh Gad:

LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon said in the interview. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising 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.

'LeFou (played by Josh Gad, at right) is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston (Luke Evans, left) and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,' said Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon. (Walt Disney Studios)

According to CBC:

Social media reaction was mixed. While some people welcomed Disney’s move to be more inclusive, many were disappointed with the choice of Disney’s first gay character.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17.