Chance the Rapper Joins Sesame Street Movie
Chance the Rapper is heading on down to Sesame Street. According to Collider, the talented rapper, singer and songwriter has signed on to star opposite Anne Hathaway in the upcoming musical adaptation based on the beloved TV series. Chance will play the Mayor’s aide in the film, which, per Collider, “is expected to boost a strong ensemble of diverse stars, a la Disney’s 2011 movie The Muppets.”
The film, which will star Anne Hathaway (Ocean’s 8), will follow Big Bird and his friends as they find themselves mysteriously transported to Manhattan and seemingly unable to return to their homes on Sesame Street and team up with a history show host to save her series from cancellation and to prove the existence of the childhood favorites’ home to the world, all while avoiding an evil mayor attempting to thwart their efforts.
Portlandia director and co-creator Jonathan Krisel (Baskets, Kroll Show) will be directing the live-action Sesame Street musical based the educational series that premiered in 1969 on PBS and was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morriset. The show features a combination of live-action and puppetry, as well as animation. It is best known as the home of Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, and Elmo, all created by Jim Henson.
Chance the Rapper, aka Chance Bennett, was recently featured in last summer’s blockbuster hit The Lion King, as well as the Netflix comedy Between Two Ferns: The Movie. He also appeared on Sesame Street back in January of 2019 for those of you playing the home game.