Veteran stand-up comedians Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias have joined the cast of the STX animated film "UglyDolls," which is set for release on May 10, 2019. The cast members that were aready announced include Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull and Nick Jonas. As previously reported, Clarkson (who plays the character of Moxy) will record original songs for the film. It has not yet been announced which characters Sykes, Iglesias, Jonas and Pitbull are playing.
Kelly Asbury is directing the "UglyDolls" movie. His previous film credits as a director include "Shrek 2," "Gnomeo & Juliet" and "Smurfs: The Lost Village." Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Spy Kids") is one of the film's producers.
The Uglydolls plush toys (whose licensing is handled by Hasbro) were launched in 2001 by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. In addition to the "UglyDolls" film, there is an animated TV series based on the toys that is expected to premiere on Hulu sometime in 2019 or 2020.
As previously reported, Sykes has signed a deal to star in her first Netflix special, which will premiere sometime in 2019. The name of the stand-up comedy special is also to be announced. Sykes is executive producing the special through her Push It Productions.Sykes is also executive producing "Unprotected Sets," an Epix docuseries about stand-up comedians who are looking for a major breakthrough. The participants and 2019 premiere date of "Unprotected Sets" are to be announced.
As an actress, Sykes can be seen regularly in movies and TV. She has a recurring role on ABC's "Black-ish" and voices the character of Gregoria in the Disney Junior series "Vampirina." Sykes recently had supporting roles in the 2017 movie "A Bad Moms Christmas" and 2018's "Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate." She also has the movie "Friendsgiving," which is due out in 2019.
Iglesias is set to star in and executive produce the Netflix comedy series "Mr. Iglesias," in which he plays "a good-natured high school history teacher who tries to help gifted misfit kids," according to a Netflix description. The series will premiere in 2019 on a date to be announced.