Casting: Peter Dinklage lending voice to Croods 2; Janelle Monae joining Lady and the Tramp; more

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Oct 5, 2018, 6:25 PM EDT

With his Emmy-winning work on Game of Thrones now in the rear view mirror, Peter Dinklage reportedly will head into another fantasy setting for one of his next acting projects — only this time, it’ll be a bit more primitive.

Deadline reports that Dinklage, who scored three Emmy Awards for his longtime GoT role as Tryion Lannister, has joined the voice cast of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming The Croods 2, the sequel to the 2013 original animated film.

Dinklage reportedly will voice a character named Phil Betterman, joining fellow Croods newcomer Leslie Mann (as Hope Betterman), in addition to an eclectic returning cast featuring Nicolas Cage (Grug), Ryan Reynolds (Guy), Emma Stone (Eep), Catherine Keener (Ugga), Cloris Leachman (Gran), and Clark Duke (Thunk).

The success of The Croods spawned a 2015 animated series for Netflix, which featured characters from the first film but different vocal talent. Earlier in its planned development, the sequel was reported to further explore the family dynamic that lay at the heart of the original movie, with a greater emphasis on motherhood.

Helmed by first-time director and Dreamworks story artist Joel Crawford (Trolls, Kung Fu Panda), The Croods 2 is slated to land in theaters Sept. 18, 2020. 

Janelle Monae

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Disney’s hybrid CGI/live-action reboot of Lady and the Tramp has added another name to its growing lineup of stars, with the reported casting of versatile singer and actor Janelle Monae to voice one of the feature film’s animated animals. 

Monae will voice the CGI-animated Peg, a dog whom Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) encounters when she ends up in the pound, according to Variety. In addition to her recording work, Monae is also set to appear in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, which releases this December. She also played a leading role in the “Autofac” episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams for Amazon in 2017.

The Charlie Bean-directed Lady and the Tramp is among the Disney projects being developed specifically for a direct release on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney Play, which launches sometime next year. 


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Just as show creator Bruce Miller teased over the summer, Bradley Whitford reportedly will be returning to The Handmaid’s Tale for Season 3, reprising his conflicted-genius role of Commander Joseph Lawrence over multiple episodes. 

Via Deadline, the Emmy-winning West Wing alum has joined the third season as a regular, bringing the character he debuted at the very end of Season 2 back to presumably resume his covert sympathy with the resistance. 

Hulu announced Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale back in May, but hasn’t yet revealed when it will land on the streaming service — though it’s reasonable to assume it’ll be appearing sometime next year.

Apple’s previously-untitled space drama series reportedly has picked up another cast member, while finally unveiling a show title. According to Deadline, Netflix veteran Jodi Balfour (The Crown) will play Ellen Waverly, one of a number of pilots in Apple’s alternate-history space drama.

Based on the premise of what the world might look like if the 1960s-era space race had never ended, the series will be titled For All Mankind. Apple’s streaming service hasn’t yet been given a name or a launch date, so there’s no information about when the show, or any of the other series in development for the platform, will debut. 

Created by Ronald D. Moore (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica) and co-written by Moore, Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, the show stars Joel Kinnaman as a top astronaut named Edward Baldwin, alongside Sarah Jones and Michael Dorman as a husband-and-wife astronaut duo. For All Mankind also stars previously-announced cast members Eric Ladin, Arturo del Puerto, Rebecca Wisocky, Wrenn Schmidt, and Shantel VanSanten.