Disney has announced that British music artist Anne-Marie will have a UK cameo in the upcoming release of Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red”, streaming on Disney+ from the 11th March.
Anne-Marie will voice the character Lauren in the film, a schoolmate of lead character Mei.
Director Domee Shi said in a statement:
“We are super excited to have Anne-Marie as a UK cameo in ‘Turning Red.’ Anne-Marie really brought this role to life during our filming with a combo of quirky exuberance and humour that was note-perfect for her character, a red-panda superfan”.
Anne-Marie said in the statement:
“I’m a massive fan of Pixar so it was an honour to be invited to have a role in Turning Red. It’s such a special film, I love the 00’s setting, it’s nostalgic and fun and I love the concept of Mei needing to figure out her journey about growing up in this weird world.”
Anne-Marie joins previously announced Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh, who lend their voices to Mei and her mother Ming, as well as Orion Lee as the voice of Mei’s dad, Jin, and Wai Ching Ho as the voice of Grandma. Mei’s tightknit group of friends are voiced by Ava Morse as Miriam, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, and Hyein Park as Abby. Tristan Allerick Chen voices classmate Tyler, and Addison Chandler lends his voice to Mei’s secret crush Devon. Providing the harmonious voices of the members of 4*Town are Jordan Fisher, Grayson Villanueva, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo and Finneas O’Connell. Rounding out the voice cast are James Hong, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillian Lim, Mia Tagano, Sherry Cola, Sasha Roiz and Lily Sanfelippo.
Filmmakers called on GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriters Billie Eilish and FINNEAS to write the fictional band’s [4*Town] songs—three in total, including the song “Nobody Like U” featured in the new trailer. “When we first started talking about Billie Eilish and FINNEAS—back before they’d won a billion GRAMMYS—we could see then how they had their finger on the pulse,” said producer Lindsey Collins. “We were big fans. We met with them and pitched this crazy idea of a boy band, asking if they’d be interested in writing and producing the songs. They were!
Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda! Directed by Academy Award winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins.
“Turning Red” releases on Disney+ on the 11th March, 2022.
Are you looking forward to seeing Anne-Marie in “Turning Red”?