Beauty and the Beast to feature first interracial kiss

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In another groundbreaking moment for Beauty and the Beast, the film is to feature the first interracial kiss in a Disney live action film.

The romantic rendezvous will be between new character, the piano Cadenza (voiced by Stanley Tucci) and Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe (voiced by Audra McDonald). It is followed by a second kiss later on, revealed director Bill Condon.

This week it was disclosed that the film features Disney’s first gay character. Josh Gad of the US plays LeFou, a sidekick of the film’s main antagonist Gaston (voiced by Luke Evans) to whom he is attracted.

Speaking to newspersons, the director said of the two kisses between Cadenza and Madame de Garderobe, he didn’t have to give a second thought. Later at the preview, the Disney chairman told him that it was the first and second interracial kiss in a Disney movie.

The film that will release on 17 March stars Emma Watson as Belle, the young girl who falls in love with a monstrous beast played by Dan Stevens with a dark secret. The cast also includes Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Kevin Kline.

The animated version of Beauty and the Beast first came on screen in 1991. In fact, there have been interracial kisses in animated Disney films before such as Pocahontas.