This new image (revealed exclusively by Empire) unveils a pompously bouffant Evans as Gaston, clearly engaged in his quest to woo Belle in a street scene fans will recognize from the beginning of the animated version.
Gaston as a villain was one of Disney’s more humorous variety, which worked well as a contrast to the more complex arc of the Beast’s characterization and its difference to the standard Disney Prince fare. Speaking to Empire, Evans suggests that his rendition will instead focus more on the sinister elements of the character:
“He gets as dark as any Disney character could possibly get…. This is a man who, for the first time in his life, hasn’t got what he wanted.”
Although evolving Gaston into a more credible villain will increase the threat and drama levels for the re-imagined movie, it would be a shame to lose the element of humour entirely. Hopefully, a balance will be found that allows Evans to bring his Broadway background to the big screen in terms of both his singing talent and the theatrical potential that Gaston has. This, like the musical elements of the movie, is possibly something that will be kept under wraps to aid our suspense for the film’s release. We will have to wait and see.