‘Sesame Street,’ the feature film adaptation of the television series, may have another actor joining the gang, as Chance the Rapper is in talks to star. Anne Hathaway (‘Ocean’s 8,’ ‘Serenity’) is already set in the lead role of Sally Hawthorne.
Chance the Rapper, professionally known as Chance Bennett, was recently in Netflix’s ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie.’ He also had a voice role in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ remake from last year. Next, he will host the reboot of ‘Punk’d,’ premiering April 6th on Quibi.
Moreover, the premise is below:
“Big Bird and his Sesame Street friends are mysteriously expelled from their neighborhood, finding themselves in Manhattan. They team up with a plucky history show host Sally Hawthorne (Hathaway) who’s on a quest to save her show and prove that Sesame Street actually exists, with obstacles created by the “evil” mayor, with reasons of his own for keeping Sesame Street hidden from the world.”
Jonathan Krisel (‘Portlandia,’ ‘Baskets’) will serve as director, while ‘The Kings of Summer’s Chris Galletta wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay.
Krisel said that “It’s going to be big,” with a budget that could be in the $50 million range. ‘Eighth Grade’s Bo Burnham will create original songs for the film.
Meanwhile, filming is aiming to begin April 15th in New York City. Production was previously going to begin last mid-July, but Hathaway’s schedule lead to a push in filming.
Warner Bros. will release the film on January 15, 2022.