Keeping with the latest trend of making all the classic cartoons live action, Disney announced its new plans for Lady and the Tramp that will debut on its streaming service. Justin Theroux has already signed on as Tramp, Tessa Thompson as Lady and Thompson’s long-time girlfriend, Janelle Monáe signed on last week to play Peg, the lone female pound dog from the movie that was originally voiced by American jazz singer, Peggy Lee.
Monáe joins a cast that includes Thomas Mann as Jim Dear and Kiersey Clemons, best known for portraying Cassandra “Diggy” Andrews in the acclaimed 2015 comedy-drama film Dope, is Mann’s wife, Darling, the titular Lady’s human owners. However, just like Disney’s past hits, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, Mann and Clemons are only a few non-CGI characters while most of the cast are lending their voices.
Lady and the Tramp tells the story of a cocker spaniel named Lady, who is quite comfortable and doted upon in her upper-middle-class home by Jim Dear and Darling. When Darling becomes pregnant, Lady is pushed aside in preparation for the new arrival and ends up on the streets, where she meets a stray mutt named Tramp. The movie follows their adventures which eventually turns into romance.
Lady and the Tramp will not be released in theatres, but on Disney’s new streaming service, which is expected to have 500 movies and over 7000 television episodes (all family friendly, no ‘R’ rated content), according to Deadline. The streaming service and movie will debut sometime in 2019.