Janelle Monae Joins Cast Of “Lady and the Tramp”

By Creative Media Times

Walt Disney

“Lady And The Tramp” is Disney’s latest property to be given a live-action treatment, and today it was announced that Janelle Monae is set to join the cast, Variety is reporting.

She is set to play Peg, the stray female Pekingese Lady met when she is sent to the pound. In the original classic animated film, she was voiced by Peggy Lee, who also voiced other characters.

Monae recently released her third studio album, Dirty Computer on April of this year. She’s been nominated six times at the Grammy’s. She’s also appeared in critically acclaimed feature films “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight”.

Veteran animator Charlie Bean has been tapped to direct the live-action/CG hybrid remake. Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book) is producing the project while Andrew Bujalksi wrote the script.

The Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 animated classic from Walt Disney. It tells the story between a female Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a male stray mongrel named Tramp. The two dogs from different worlds met under dire circumstances, embarked on dog advanture and fall in love.

More than a half a century since the original film’s release, its romantic candlelit spaghetti dinner scene is still considered one of the most iconic in film history.

The film was a boxoffice hit during its release, becoming one of Disney’s biggest hits up to that point, eventually grossing more than $93 million in North America. A sequel was released in 2001 called “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure.”