Following her roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight, the singer has also been cast to appear in director Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen and the forthcoming Harriet Tubman biopic.
And Monae will be able to show off her vocals as she will voice Peg, the fluffy shih tzu maltese, who sings ‘He’s a Tramp’. Peg also sticks up for Lady – played by Thompson – when she is getting bullied by other dogs in the pound.
The two actors most recently shared screen time in two of Monae’s videos, in ‘PYNK’, a collaboration between Monae and Grimes, and the pansexual anthem ‘Make Me Feel’.
Monae and Thompson will be joined by Justin Theroux as Tramp. The film is expected to debut on the Disney’s digital streaming service, which is set to launch in 2019.
There are numerous Disney live action remakes in the works thanks in part to the huge box office draw. In 2016, The Jungle Book picked up a near $1 billion at the box office. Beauty and the Beast made history with the most successful opening weekend for a musical, non-sequel and PG film, making over $170 million in ticket sales in the US alone.
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This has been an incredibly busy year for Monae, she released her third album ‘Dirty Computer’ in April to critical acclaim. In a five-star review, NME declared: “Throwing in rap, soul, pop, R&B, space-rock and whatever the hell she wants with her fearless message, Janelle Monáe doesn’t believe in walls or limits: this is a fluid celebration of freedom, raging and raving against the oppressors. In fact, only one label sticks – icon.”