Animator Charlie Bean is direction a new version of Lady and the Tramp, from a script penned by Andrew Bujalski – he of Computer Chess and Support the Girls. Story details are still scant, which could suggest a very close reimagining (as was The Lion King), but the plot could still thicken.
In terms of the film's key players, the two darling dogs will be voiced by Tessa Thompson (Men in Black: International, Thor: Ragnarok, Sorry to Bother You) as Lady, and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers, On the Basis of Sex, Maniac) as the Tramp. The pair are joined by Sam Elliot, Janelle Monáe, Thomas Mann, Ashley Jensen and Benedict Wong.
Where Favreau's film prided itself on photorealistic animation to bring the characters to life, it remains to be seen whether Bean's cast of dogs will roam freely, with voiceovers floating in and out, or whether CGI will do some heavy lifting to animate mouths and faces in motion. It's worth pointing out that these aren't just imaginary furballs – the canine cast is fully composed of rescue dogs, who all found 'forever homes' after the production wrapped.
Lady and the Tramp will be released on 12 November worldwide, but while this isn't the first live-action remake, it's the first to test out new release methods – instead of seeing a worldwide theatrical rollout, the film will be available to stream on Disney+, Walt Disney's brand new streaming platform.
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12 Nov 19 – 12 Nov 20, COMING SOON TO DISNEY+
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