Janelle Monáe Cast in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” Remake With Rumored Girlfriend Tessa Thompson
Janelle Monáe is joining the voice cast of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp remake, according to Deadline.
The live-action reimagining of the classic 1955 cartoon will also feature Monae’s close friend (and rumored girlfriend) Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as canine leads Lady and Tramp, respectively. Monáe will voice Lady’s wise-cracking friend Peg, which was originally performed by late actress Peggy Lee.
Other previously announced voice actors/actresses include Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, Ashley Jensen, Benedict Wong and Yvette Nicole Brown. Andrew Bujalski wrote the script and Brigham Taylor produce the film, which is expected to debut on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service launching in late 2019.
Lady and the Tramp will add yet another film credit to Monáe’s growing resume in Hollywood. She was recently tapped for a role in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, and she will also star in the forthcoming animated feature UglyDolls.
Monáe previously starred in Hidden Figures and the Oscar-winning Moonlight, which have earned her acclaim as an actress. Her most recent album Dirty Computer was released last spring.