Janelle Monáe was in Austin, Texas over the weekend to deliver what was a stand-out, headline-worthy performance for week one of ACL Festival. The popular singer and songwriter also had to feel good heading into her performance on Sunday as it was announced on Friday that Monáe will be part of the Disney’s live-action remake of its 1955 animated classic, “Lady and the Tramp."
Monáe will continue to extend her talents further into the realm of acting with the upcoming film project. The Dirty Computer singer has held co-starring roles in recent hit films including “Hidden Figures” and Academy Award-winning “Moonlight,” and was also recently announced to be part of the cast for the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic, “Harriet.” A clip of Monáe acting in 2016's "Hidden Figures" can be watched above.
The “Lady and the Tramp” remake will also have Monáe teaming up again with “Creed” actress Tessa Thompson, who was part of the singer’s music video for “PYNK” shared back in the spring. Thompson has been cast to play the role of Lady in the film, as her and Monáe’s character will be friends and allies while in the dog pound. Monáe’s character, Peg, is a fluffy shih tzu maltese according to NME, and will perform the song, “He’s a Tramp.” The role of the famous Tramp will be played by Justin Theroux.
The film is currently without an announced release date but is expected to debut on Disney’s soon-to-be-launched digital streaming service which should launch in the coming year, according to Spin.
Monáe spent much of her summer months on tour across North America in support of her latest studio album, 2018’s Dirty Computer. She’s set to perform at ACL’s Fest’s second weekend again in a few days, followed by an appearance at Suwannee Hulaween down in Florida at the end of the month. She’ll presumably take some time off from music following her concert commitments this fall to focus on her upcoming acting gigs. She’ll also surely be busy promoting the upcoming film release of “Welcome to Marwen,” which is scheduled to open in theaters just in time for the holidays on Dec. 21.