Janelle Monáe is joining the cast of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp reboot, according to Deadline. She’ll be starring alongside side her BFF and rumored partner Tessa Thompson, as well as Justin Theroux.
It’s hard to believe the animated love story about two cute pups is more than 60 years old. In this reboot of the 1955 classic, Monáe will voice Peg, the quirky friend of Lady, who is voiced by Thompson. Theroux will play the role of Tramp. The movie will also include voice acting by Thomas Mann, Kiersey Clemons, Benedict Wong, Ashley Jensen, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Instead of a major theatrical release, this movie is going to head straight to your laptop via Disney’s new streaming service that is expected to launch in 2019.
2018 has been a huge year for Monáe, after she dropped her third album Dirty Computer back in April. The multi-hyphenate has also proven her acting chops in recent years, starring in award-winning films like Moonlight and Hidden Figures. She stars in the forthcoming movie Welcome to Marwen alongside Steve Carell, and signed up for roles in Harriet and the in STX animation Ugly Dolls.
Monáe’s close relationship with Thompson, and suggestive scenes in the singer’s emotion picture for Dirty Computer, fueled rumors that the two were an item. Both neither confirmed or denied the whispers, but welcomed them while openly revealing they’re both queer. “We love each other deeply, we’re so close,” Thompson said of Monáe earlier this year. “We vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s okay. It doesn’t bother me.”