Tessa Thompson starring in live-action “Lady and the Tramp”
Tessa Thompson will star as Lady in the remake of the 1955 Disney classic Lady and the Tramp.
Lady and the Tramp is one of the classics of Walt Disney Animation, the story of a sheltered Cocker Spaniel falling in love with a streetwise mongrel stray features one of the most iconic kisses in cinematic history.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Creed) will voice the leading role of Lady in the upcoming live-action remake, playing the role originally voiced by radio star Barbara Luddy.
Based on a short story by Ward Greene, the story takes place in an unnamed city in the early part of the 1900s. When Lady’s wealthy owners have a new baby, the spoiled Cocker Spaniel finds herself involved in the adventures of a smooth-talking stray known as Tramp, whom she falls in love with.
Screenwriter/actor Justin Theroux will voice Tramp in the film, expected to be released via the Disney Direct streaming service sometime in 2019.
In other known roles, Scottish actress Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) will voice the role of Lady’s friend Jackie the Scottie (originally Jacque), while the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Benedict Wong will voice Tramp’s acquaintance Bull the bulldog.
Kiersey Clemons (Austin and Ally, Hearts Beat Loud) will play Lady’s owner Darling, one of the four roles originally voiced by jazz singer Peggy Lee (the other roles were Peg the Pekingese and Aunt Sarah’s cats Si and Am).
There was a direct-to-video sequel in 2001 called Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure, which essentially rehashed the same plot by switching the genders, as their son Scamp (Scott Wolf of V and Everwood) fell in love with a pretty junkyard dog named Angel (voiced by Alyssa Milano).
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