According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has tapped the 34-year-old actress to star in the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp. Thompson will voice the film’s titular cocker spaniel opposite Justin Theroux’s Tramp.
For those unfamiliar with the original 1955 animated film, Lady and the Tramp is a story about well-to-do cocker spaniel that loses her cushy life following the birth of her owners’ first child. The dog, Lady, then finds herself out on the streets, where she falls in love with a stray mutt named Tramp. Here’s a clip of the movie’s most iconic scene:
Disney’s upcoming remake will be based on the original story, with a script written by Andrew Bujalski.
The film’s cast also includes Benedict Wong(Doctor Strange) as Bull; Kiersey Clemons (Dope) as Darling; and Ashley Jensen (Extras) as Jackie. Lady and the Tramp is said to be part live-action, part CGI effects, and will be directed by Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie).
According to THR, the movie will not have a theatrical debut; instead, it’ll premiere exclusively on Disney’s streaming service, which is set to launch in 2019.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details about the remake become available.
Thompson’s filmography has grown exponentially within the past year. The 34-year-old actress has landed roles in movies like Thor: Ragnarok, Sorry to Bother You, Annihilation, Furlough, and Little Woods, as well as TV shows like Westworld, Dear White People, and Portlandia. Thompson will also star in the upcoming Creed II film and the Men in Black spinoff. On the subject of Westworld, co-creator Jonathan Nolan released remarked that the the third season of the show will be a "a radical shift."