“Lady and the Tramp” is Disney’s latest live-action reimagining, only a) this one is actually live-action, unlike certain remakes using fancy shmancy CGI animation, and b) the new film is headed for Disney+, not theaters. See for yourself in the first trailer below.
Per previous synopses, “Lady and the Tramp” is set to tell the story of an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) who meets a street-smart, stray mongrel called the Tramp (Justin Theroux), and the two embark on many romantic adventures together — which will of course include the iconic spaghetti smooch scene from the original film.
With a script by Andrew Bujalski (“Support the Girls”), the new film could find fresh footing in the class disparities these two adorable puppers represent. Bujalski balanced similar inequality issues with a great deal of exuberant fun in his critically hailed 2018 film (starring Regina Hall), so perhaps he found a way to work in those themes for these kid-centric canine adventures.
The cast is also a bright spot. Thompson and Theroux are bona fide talents who’ve proven themselves capable of creating a wide range of eccentric characters, and they’ll be joined by Sam Elliott (as a Bloodhound named Trusty), Benedict Wong (as Bull the Bulldog), and Janelle Monáe (as Peg, a Pekingese puppy). As far as the human stars, Kiersey Clemons (“Easy,” “Hearts Beat Loud”), Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”), and Arturo Castro (“Broad City,” “Alternatino”) make up the on-screen cast members.
Theroux is a long-time supporter of animal adoption, so it’s nice to see his onscreen pup is played by a rescue dog. Monte plays the Tramp, and has already spurred on more adoptions at the shelter he was cast from. Take a look at his performance in the trailer below, and look for “Lady and the Tramp” when Disney+ launches Nov. 12.
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