Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Normani, Gabrielle Union and Lena Waithe will join a long list of stars asked to play guest roles in the upcoming reboot of Disney’s animated series “The Proud Family.”
Disney announced the new cast on Wednesday, as well as the release of a short film celebrating the 20th anniversary of the original series. Waithe, Union, Kyla Pratt and Keke Palmer were featured in the video discussing the series, which debuted in 2001, and its lasting impact.
“I did the ‘Proud Family’ when I was 14,” said Pratt, who starred as Penny Proud on the show. “I didn’t realize the impact it had on me recording it, it had the same impact on people watching.”
Waithe celebrated the show for being “so relatable”.
“It was very specific, it looked like our family,” she said.
“Even though it was on a children’s network, it still had the right amount of advantage to make it accessible to everyone,” Palmer said.
The new series, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”, will air in 2022. The original series is currently available on Disney +.
Pratt will reprise his role as voice actor from Penny Proud. Tommy Davidson, Cedric the Entertainer, Paula Jai Parker and Jo Marie Payton will also reprise their roles from the original series.
Palmer joins Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto and EJ Johnson, who have been cast for a recurring role in the new series. Other stars who will be joining the reboot as guest stars include Chance the Rapper, Tiffany Haddish, Marsai Martin, Jaden Smith and Leslie Odom Jr.
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