Beauty And The Beast will be released in Malaysia after all.
Film censors in the country had ordered the film’s ‘gay moment’ – involving Josh Gad’s character Le Fou – be removed.
The news prompted Disney bosses to respond by pulling the Emma Watson-starrer from Malaysian cinemas altogether.
But Golden Screen Cinemas, the country’s largest cinema chain, have now confirmed the news that the film will be shown to audiences in its entirety.
They said: ‘Beauty And The Beast confirmed for 30 March without cuts. RT this and get excited! #BeOurGuest’.
On Facebook they posted the message: ‘This is official from Disney. No cuts. PG13. 30 March. GET YOURSELF READY!’.
A government official told Associated Press that the change of heart came after an appeal committee watched the film and decided the brief scene in question wasn’t offensive.
Previously the Malaysian film censorship chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said in a statement that the scene is ‘inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie.’
Director Bill Condon has said of the headline-grabbing scene: ‘I just thought it was so important in the celebration of love at the end that we made it as broad as we could…We felt like that’s a 21st century direction of where we are.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Golden Screen Cinemas and Disney for comment.