Thomas Mann to play Jim Dear on Disney's live-action adaptation of 'Lady and the Tramp'
Mann's plays the role of Jim Dear, the human owner of the titular character Lady, who lets her go once he and his wife have a baby
Disney fans have been waiting with bated breath for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of 'Lady and the Tramp' and, finally, the moment they have been waiting for is here. Disney has just announced that Thomas Mann is gearing up to join the cast in the role of Lady's human owner Jim Dear.
Accompanying him in other roles will be Tessa Thompson, as Lady, while Justin Theroux will be lending his voice to the character of the Tramp. As for the role of Jim Dear's wife, Darling, Liersey Clemons will be taking on that task, reports Variety.
Joining the countless, successful Disney live-action adaptations like 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Jungle Book', the film is also banking on CGI characters for the most part. Mann and Clemons' characters are pretty much the only ones being exempted from that rule.
As for the plot, it's pretty much the same as the original 'Lady and The Tramp', revolving around the story of an American Cocker Spaniel named Lady. Lady lives with an upper-middle-class family but things don't go her way once the family has a baby. Then starts Lady's journey as a stray — where she encounters a mongrel called Tramp on the streets. The two eventually fall in love in the course of the story.
Mann's character Dear happens to be the same human owner who decides to let go of Lady once he and his wife have a baby.
Charlie Bean — known for his film 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' — is set to direct this adaptation, which is expected to debut on Disney's soon-to-be-arriving digital streaming service in 2019. The project is being overseen by Jessica Virtue and Chaz Salembier for Disney, while Andrew Bujalski is behind the script.
Mann, who is most popularly known for his role in the widely acclaimed and critically lauded movie 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl', was most recently seen in 'Kong: Skull Island'. Other than this Disney venture, he also has a lot of upcoming films, including 'The Highwaymen', a Netflix crime drama. Mann, who is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment, will be playing the role of one of the deputies who had helped hunt down the infamous 'Bonnie and Clyde'.