Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp has cast Community actress and frequent Talking Dead guest Yvette Nicole Brown. Tessa Thompson was previously named to voice the role of Lady, joining a cast that also includes Justin Theroux, Flatliners' Kiersey Clemons, Ugly Betty actress Ashley Jensen and Kong: Skull Island's Thomas Mann.
Released in 1955, the original Lady and the Tramp told the story of a pampered Cocker Spaniel named Lady who goes on a romantic adventure with a stray mongrel called The Tramp. The Disney classic has grossed $93 million across multiple re-releases, or $516 million when adjusted for inflation. The upcoming remake is one of several planned re-dos of animated Disney classics. The studio will also release new live-action versions of The Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan and Pinocchio.
Variety reports that Lady and the Tramp has once again added to its cast, bringing on Community alum Yvette Nicole Brown. Brown will reportedly play Aunt Sarah, the owner of the trouble-making Siamese cats Si and Am, who in the original movie sing the memorable – but problematic – song "We Are Siamese (If You Please)." Aunt Sarah plays a big role in launching the movie’s plot when her cats trick her into thinking Lady has attacked them, leading their owner to take Lady to the pet store to get a muzzle. Lady then gets away and meets the Tramp, and kicks off their romantic adventure.
Brown is of course best known for playing the devoutly Christian Shirley Bennett for five seasons on the late, lamented NBC sitcom Community. Brown is in fact a TV veteran who has appeared on numerous shows in both guest spots and major roles. Before Community, her biggest part was on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh. Post-Community, Brown has made her biggest splashes on the rebooted Odd Couple, the ABC hip-hop sitcom The Mayor, and the CBS series Mom. Brown has also been a frequent guest on AMC’s Walking Dead after show Talking Dead, and was even the fan favorite to replace Chris Hardwick as host, until the network decided to give him back his job after completing an investigation of sexual harassment allegations made against him.
Brown’s role as Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp now brings her into the Disney fold as part of an impressive cast. LEGO Ninjago director Charlie Bean will helm the live-action adaptation, which is set to run on Disney’s new streaming service. No official premiere date has been announced for the film.