Exclusive: Rosalind Chao Joins Disney+ ‘Godmothered’
We have exclusively learned that Mulan tstar, Rosalind Chao, has joined the cast of Godmothered, which is set to release on Disney+.
She’s up for two roles in the film but she may be leaning towards Moira, the head of the Godmothers.
Chao has worked with Disney in two projects so far. She is portraying Li, in the upcoming Mulan remake and she played Pei-Pei in Disney’s Freaky Friday starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.
In January of this year, The Hollywood Reported got word that Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) signed on to star.
Production had started in Boston; however, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, production is currently halted.
Here’s the breakdown of the film:
Set at Christmas time, Godmothered is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Bell) who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 12-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.
Godmothered is the latest Disney+ original film in development and will join a growing slate of original films exclusive to the service that include Noelle, Togo, Timmy Failure, Stargirl, Secret Society of Second Born Royals, Safety, Flora & Ulysses, Home Alone, Hocus Pocus 2, Sword In The Stone, Cheaper By The Dozen, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Night At The Museum, Sister Act 3, Prince Anders, amongst many others.
Joining Chao in supporting roles are the aforementioned Bell (22 Jump Street), Fisher (Wedding Crashers) Emmy winner Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live) as headmistress of The Motherland, Jillian Shea Spaeder (Walk The Prank) and Willa Skye (Lazy Susan) as Mackenzie’s young daughters, Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as her sister, and Santiago Cabrera (Star Trek: Picard), Artemis Pebdani (Scandal), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Mulan) and Stephnie Weir (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as colleagues at the TV news station where Mackenzie works. June Squibb (Oscar nominee for Nebraska) and Carlease Burke (Child’s Play) appear as godmothers populating The Motherland.
The film is directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary). The screenplay is by Kari Granlund (Lady and the Tramp) and Melissa K. Stack (The Other Woman). The film is produced by Justin Springer (Dumbo, TRON: Legacy), with Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), Tom Pollock (the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife), Amie Karp (the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Diane L. Sabatini (Lady and the Tramp) serving as executive producers.
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