Lasseter joined Skydance in early 2019...
Emma Thompson has stepped down from a new animated film, after the studio behind the project hired former Pixar boss John Lasseter.
The Oscar-winning actress was due to voice a prominent role in the forthcoming Luck, but BuzzFeed has now confirmed that she left the project after Skydance Productions made the controversial decision to hire Lasseter as the head of their animation division.
Lasseter, who previously served as the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, took a period of leave from the firm in 2017, after facing a series of sexual misconduct claims from his colleagues.
He later made a permanent departure from Pixar in 2018, and apologised to employees that were made to feel “disrespected or uncomfortable.”
After his appointment to Skydance in 2018, the Time Up’s campaign accused the studio of “providing another position of power, prominence and privilege to a man who has repeatedly been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace.”
But Lasseter was later defended by Skydance CEO David Ellison, who said that the animator had “learned valuable lessons and is ready to prove his capabilities as a leader and as a colleague.”
Although little is known about Luck, it is described as “a comedy that pulls back the curtain on the millennia-old battle between the organisations of good luck and bad luck that secretly affects our daily lives”.