Production on Disney’s live-action re-imagining of Lady And The Tramp is about to kickoff soon. And the studio is still looking to cast big name talent for both human and voice roles. Now the film may have found its biggest star, Tessa Thompson.
Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson has joined the voice cast as the title role of Lady. Disney was clearly looking for a big name actress of color for the role, as we have also learned the studio was also interested in fellow MCU heroine Zoe Saldana but reportedly passed.
Thompson will star opposite Justin Theroux who will voice Lady’s love the Tramp, Ashley Jensen as Jackie (A gender swapped version of Jock), Sam Elliot as Trusty, and Kiersey Clemons as Darling, Lady’s owner. Fellow MCU Star Benedict Wong has also joined the cast as Bull the English bulldog.
Lady And The Tramp is expected to begin shooting September 10, 2018 in Atlanta and Los Angeles and should wrap this fall and is expected to have a budget of over $80 million, as it will be a CGI/live-action hybrid.
The film will be directed by The LEGO Ninjago helmer Charlie Bean, and written by Andrew Bujalski (Beeswax). Diane Sabatini (Nocturnal Animals) and Brigham Taylor(Christopher Robin) are on board as producers. The film is expected to be ready for Disney’s streaming service coming in sometime in fall 2019.
Lady And The Tramp isn’t the only remake expected to debut on Disney’s streaming service. The studio is also expected to have their live-action remake of Sword In The Stone debut on the service as well. Other films Disney is planning for the service are Noelle starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, Magic Camp starring Adam Devine, as well as Stargirl, Timmy Failure, 3 Men And A Baby, and Flora and Ulysses.