Disney+ Subscribers Debate Who Should Play Belle in the ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ Production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

The cast of this Disney+ original series invites subscribers to be their guest during their impending second season. Will Nini be the lead of this upcoming production? Who do fans want to portray Belle in Beauty and the Beast? Here’s what viewers are saying about the next season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

This article contains minor spoilers from the first season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Read at your own risk!

The students of East High are doing ‘Beauty and the Beast’

The first season of this mockumentary debuted at Disney+’s launch date. Now, the East High Wildcats are tackling a new musical together, with the help of Miss Jenn, of course. Season 2 of the Disney+ original, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, will premiere within the next few months. 

Thanks to an Instagram post from Disney+, fans learned that the cast is performing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. However, the details surrounding this stage show are still pretty foggy. Primarily, fans are wondering which characters will get the lead roles.

Larry Saperstein, Sofia Wylie, and Dara Renee of Disney+'s "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series"
Larry Saperstein, Sofia Wylie, and Dara Renee of Disney+’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Fans started casting ‘Beauty and Beast’

Once Disney shared the news that this cast will do their rendition of Beauty and the Beast, some fans took to social media. Primarily, viewers shared their thoughts regarding who should portray the main character of this musical, Belle. 

“Honestly, I feel like we’re all setting our hopes too high for HSMTMTS S2 Beauty and the Beast like Nini is most likely gonna get Belle, Ricky will get the Beast, Ej will get Gaston, and Gina will be an understudy again, we all know Miss Jenn with her no taste…,” one Twitter user said.

“I know I’ll probably get people mad, but I’ll be so angry if Nini and Ricky are Belle and the Beast like- no I want Gina/Kourtney as Belle and Ej/Seb as the Beast please,” another Twitter user wrote.

“Ej should be Gaston, Kourtney as Belle, Ricky as Belle’s dad, Seb as the bookstore owner, Frankie as Lumiere, Gina as Mrs. Potts, Ashlynn as Cogsworth, Nini as the wardrobe and Big Red as Chip. Don’t know who should be Beast or LeFou but I stand by this,” another Twitter user said.

Disney+ announced that the cast of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ started production on the show’s second season

Whether or not Nini (and Gina) will be around to perform in the school’s musical is a pretty big factor for this cast list, as both could potentially play the lead role. As illustrated by the school’s production of High School Musical, however, gender really isn’t an issue. (Seb played an iconic Sharpay.) Unfortunately, fans have to wait a few more months to find out who gets which part.

There’s no word regarding when, exactly, the second season of this Disney+ original series will premiere on the streaming platform. It was initially reported to debut around Fall 2020, although the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have impacted the show’s return. Until then, the first season is available for binge-watching.

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