With the success of its newly envisioned, live action movies, such as “Christopher Robin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book,” “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland,” Disney is working to recreate the beloved classics for fans to fall in love with a second time.

The company is continuing their trend with a live action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” which originally premiered in theaters on June 22, 1955, as an animated film.

Director Charlie Bean has experience both in front of the camera and behind it. When he wasn’t voice acting in “The Lego Batman Movie” or “Tron: Uprising,” the mastermind was working on the writing or animation for various well-known television shows, including “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Currently, he is working to transform the classic adventures of an American Cocker Spaniel and a stray dog who fall in love and share a romantic spaghetti dinner into a realistic experience for viewers.

Although there is not a definite release date for the new version, which was written by Andrew Bujalski, the cast has officially been announced.

Tessa Thompson, who has appeared in other productions, such as “Annihilation,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Creed,” “Dear White People,” “Portlandia” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” will voice Lady.

And considering her recent tweet, Thompson already seems to be getting into character.

Thompson will be joined by another Marvel celebrity, Benedict Wong, who will provide the voice for Bull. Wong has played roles in “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Doctor Strange” and “Black Mirror.”

Justin Theroux will provide the voice for Tramp. Theroux has also been featured onscreen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “The Girl on the Train” and “Sex and the City.”

Other cast members that have been announced are Kiersey Clemons (who will play Lady’s owner, Darling) and Ashley Jensen (who will voice Jackie).

Although some may not recognize the female Fido, Jackie is actually a newly envisioned version of the original film’s male Scottish Terrier, Jock.

New casting information aside, based on a recent call for extras, it can be concluded that the movie will be filmed in Savannah, Georgia.

In addition, there will be a little twist to the release of “Lady and the Tramp,” as it will not be available in theaters, despite the theatrical releases of some recent live action predecessors.

Eager audiences can expect to see the release featured on Disney’s new streaming platform, which has been dubbed as “Disneyflix.”

The plans for an exclusive streaming service follow the announcement that Disney and Pixar will be pulling their content from Netflix in order to create their own digital collection.

“Lady and the Tramp” will be available for streaming sometime in 2019, which is when the new platform is expected to make its debut.

Other Disney live action remakes to look forward to include “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and “Mulan,” all of which fans should be sure to catch on the big screen, or maybe even on Disneyflix. Either way, there is a lot to look forward to as a Disney fanatic.

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Alexis Rogers

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