Liev Schreiber and Taye Diggs have joined the voice cast for next year’s ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’. The pair will join previously announced cast members Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba and Michael Pena, although character details are being kept under wraps. The film is scheduled for a theatrical release on Oct. 6, 2017.
While the recent additions are welcome news, the greatest feature of the film’s voice cast is that the "Mane 6" actors such as Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Shannon Chan-Kent, among others, who voice the core Pony herd in the popular ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’ TV series will be reprising their roles for the big screen. In an industry where celebrity names often supersede even the most well known and talented voice artists it is inspiring to see the film honoring those who made the characters so beloved to among audiences.
Directed by Jayson Thiessen with a screenplay by Meghan McCarthy, writer and producer of the “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” animated series, the film will centers on the “Mane 6” characters — Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity — embarking on a journey to meet new friends and challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home.
The film will mark one of Schreiber’s few ventures into animation, being best known for his live action work on the television series ‘Ray Donovan’. Though having previously done narration work, Schreiber’s only animation credits are an episode of ‘Robot Chicken’ and a short titled ‘Felt’. ‘Murder in the First’ star Diggs is similarly new to the animation world, but did lend his voice to Black Panther in ‘The Super Hero Squad Show’.
‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ is being produced by Stephen Davis and Brian Goldner for Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures. Lionsgate came on in August to market and distribute in all territories except China.