Tessa Thompson in talks to voice Lady in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp
Collider reports that Tessa Thompson (Sorry to Bother You, Men In Black) is currently in negotiations to play the lead role of Lady in Disney‘s live-action remake of 1955’s Lady and the Tramp. Thompson would be joining Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me) as the Tramp, Kiersey Clemons (Flatliners) as Darling and Ashley Jensen (The Lobster, Hysteria) as Jackie. In addition, the outlet notes that Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) will voice Bull, an English bulldog.
Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjango Movie, Tron Uprising) will be directing the live-action/CG hybrid film. The studio is still casting for the leading and supporting cast on the movie but production will either start later this year or early next year.
Lady and the Tramp is set to be made and released for Disney’s digital streaming service which is set to launch in 2019 and will have four to six movies released per year. There will also be content from Disney brands such as Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars that debut exclusively on the platform. The decision to release such a large-scale remake on the service gives further insight into the investment Disney is making into the launch of its exclusive digital streaming service.
Disney’s Lady and the Tramp was first released in 1955 and introduced audiences everywhere to a spellbinding love story. The film focuses on Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel belonging to a well-to-do family, and Tramp, a streetwise mutt. After her owners have a baby, Lady finds herself out on the streets left to fend for herself. When Lady finds herself in danger, Tramp saves the day and tries to teach her that there’s more to life than the inside of a house. Adventure happens and love blossoms as a result.
Brigham Taylor is producing the project. Andrew Bujalksi wrote the script for the remake. Jessica Virtue and Chaz Salembier are supervising for Disney.
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