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These days, it seems that every single licensed property imaginable is getting its own feature film treatment – and now My Little Pony is the latest title that can be added to the list. But that’s not all. Not only has Lionsgate announced that an animated movie is in development, but they have also revealed a special brand new member of the cast: Kristin Chenoweth.
Lionsgate announced the project through the studio’s press site, citing a deal made between the studio and Hasbro – the toy company that produces the My Little Pony line. Meghan McCarthy, who has been a part of the franchise since she wrote 2013’s My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, is penning the screenplay – and Jayson Theissen (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is directing
If fans are wondering who exactly Kristin Chenoweth will be playing, the answer is a role that you’re unfamiliar with. The Tony and Emmy-winning actress is going to be voicing a completely new character in the franchise. Described as an animated, musical adventure, the official plot description for the movie is below:
In the movie, a new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home.
Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball, who all voice characters on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, will be reprising their roles for the feature film.
Kristin Chenoweth was just in theaters earlier this year with a supporting live-action role in the thriller The Boy Next Door, but she also lent her voice to the George Lucas-produced animated feature Strange Magic. She also had a small role in a second season episode of the brilliant Netflix show Bojack Horseman. She is perhaps best known for having played Glinda The Good Witch in the hit Broadway musical Wicked, though I’ll personally always remember her as the squeaky, pint sized Olive Snook on Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies.
What’s unclear at this time is the exact schedule that Lionsgate and Hasbro has planned out for the My Little Pony movie. The press release suggests that Meghan McCarthy is still writing the screenplay, and that plus the amount of time it takes to make an animated movie suggests that it will probably be a while before we see the finished product. Stay tuned for more details.