Tessa Thompson, one of the biggest new stars to arrive on the scene recently after her work in Thor: Ragnarok, Annihilation, and Sorry To Bother You, has now entered negotiations to voice the lead in Disney’s live-action/CGI hybrid remake of Lady And The Tramp, according to Collider.
The original 1955 animated classic tells the story of a female American cocker spaniel, Lady, who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family, and a male stray mongrel known as the Tramp, who meet, embark on a romantic adventure and eventually fall in love.
Justin Theroux has already previously signed on to voice Tramp, while Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) will voice an English bulldog aptly named Bull.
Additionally, Kiersey Clemons (Dope) will play the character of Darling, while Ashley Jensen (Extras) will voice a Scottish terrier named Jackie, one of Lady’s closest friends. The character was named Jock in the original film.
Interestingly, the film isn’t intended to have a theatrical release, and will instead premiere exclusively on Disney’s upcoming streaming service that’s intended to launch in late 2019. Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie) is directing from a script penned by Andrew Bujalski.
Considering that Disney has found major success with their other recent live-action remakes of classic films, it’s interesting that they will forego the traditional means of profit in the hope that Lady And The Tramp debuting on their streaming service will pull in plenty of subscribers.
It’s clearly a direct response to Netflix’s own similar strategy, though Netflix has yet to have an original film of this calibre debut on their service, and their Original Film line is quickly becoming known for forgettable releases. Perhaps Disney has noticed this, and seen a potential gap in the market.
Disney’s streaming service is set to be a game changer, and expect Lady And The Tramp to be available around the time it launches.