Janelle Monáe Lands A Role In Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Alongside Tessa Thompson

Janelle Monáe has been added to the voice cast of Disney’s upcoming Lady And The Tramp reboot.

via Deadline:

Hidden Figures and Moonlight star Monáe will voice the role of Peg, the wise-cracking friend of Lady, who is being played by Monae’s close friend Tessa Thompson. Peggy Lee voiced Peg in the 1955 original.

Justin Theroux is voicing Tramp, while additional casting includes Thomas Mann, Kiersey Clemons, Benedict Wong, Ashley Jensen and Yvette Nicole Brown. The movie is a priority project for Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, launching in late 2019.

The Lego Ninjago Movie director Charlie Bean is helming the live-action/CG hybrid version of the Disney classic about an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel who meets a streetsmart, downtown stray mongrel. Andrew Bujalski wrote the script for the new adaption, which Brigham Taylor is producing.

Monáe will soon be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, co-starring Steve Carell, Merritt Wever, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Eiza Gonzalez, and Gwendoline Christie. She has also booked roles in Focus Features biopic Harriet and will voice a character in STX animation Ugly Dolls. She recently released her third solo album, Dirty Computer.

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Janelle Monae Opens Up About Her Sexual Orientation

It’s official! Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual and a “free-ass motherf*cker” in a new interview. The artist had been giving hints for days, including in her latest videosin promotion of her upcoming album ‘Dirty Computer’ (out April 27).

Rolling Stone reports: “”Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

About her relationship with her family, Rolling Stone adds: ‘Monáe grew up in a massive, devoutly Baptist family in Kansas City, Kansas, or as she likes to put it, “I got 50 first cousins!” Not all of them know details of her romantic life, but they have almost certainly seen her wear sheer pants and share a lollipop with Thompson in the “Make Me Feel” video. “I literally do not have time,” she says, laughing, “to hold a town-hall meeting with my big-ass family and be like, ‘Hey, news flash!’ ” She worries that when we visit Kansas City tomorrow, they’ll bring it up: “There are people in my life that love me and they have questions, and I guess when I get there, I’ll have to answer those questions.” ‘

Jay-Z Recreates ‘Friends’, Starring Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Jerrod Carmichael For ‘Moonlight’

Jay-Z has used the classic sitcom Friends as inspiration for his new video, “Moonlight.” Directed by Alan Yang, the African American version of Friends featured an ensemble of A-list actors and comedians including Jerrod Carmichael who played Ross; Issa Rae who played Rachel, Lil Rel Howery who played Joey, Hannibal Burress who played himself, Tessa Thompson who played Monica and Tiffany Haddish who played Phoebe.

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