Lady and the Tramp is currently in post-production, and the studio is making a couple changes regarding two characters and a song from the 1955 animated film.
According to Variety, “The Siamese Cat Song”. Originally sung by Peggy Lee, and has the lyrics “We are Siamese if you please / We are Siamese if you don’t please”. Will not appear in the film. However, Janelle Monae’s artist collective Wondaland will be “reinventing” the song to, most likely, be less problematic. The contributors Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur will be working on the take for the pair. Si and Am are expected to appear but NOT as Siamese cats.
The film is set in 1910 and has a “blues-ragtime vibe,” Monae’s signature sound will be incorporated in the film. The artist will perform two original songs for the film as well.
The remake is also set to star Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) as Lady, Justin Theroux (The LEGO Ninjago Movie) as Tramp, Ashley Bensen (Ugly Betty) as Jackie (a gender-swapped Jock), Sam Elliot (The Ranch) as Trusty, Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) as Bull. With Kiersey Clemons (Dope) as Darling, Thomas Mann as Jim Dear, and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) as Aunt Sarah.
The film will be directed by The LEGO Ninjago helmer Charlie Bean, and written by Andrew Bujalski (Beeswax). Diane Sabatini (Nocturnal Animals) and Brigham Taylor(Christopher Robin) are on board as producers.
This Disney animated classic followed a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby. When, after some tense circumstances, Lady finds herself on the loose and out on the street. She is befriended and protected by the tough stray mutt Tramp. A romance begins to blossom between the two dogs, but their many differences, along with more drama at Lady’s household, threaten to keep them apart.