Netflix has just announced new additions to its upcoming, John Legend-produced holiday film, Jingle Jangle. It will be the streaming giant’s first live-action musical.
Anika Noni Rose, Keegan Michael-Key, Phylicia Rashad and newcomer Madalen Mills have joined Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker in the holiday musical, slated to premiere on Netflix in 2020.
Written and directed by David Talbert, Jingle Jangle will revolve around an embattled toymaker (Whitaker) who works alongside his precocious granddaughter (Mills) to get a magical invention that could change lives to work just in time for the holidays. Mills, who will portray the role of Journey, was cast after a global talent search.
We found our Journey! Thank you to every young star who auditioned and congratulations to Madalen Mills. We’re excited to bring Jingle Jangle to life as @Netflix‘s first live-action musical. pic.twitter.com/2qUspesUkN
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 11, 2019
Anika Noni Rose won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress In A Play in 2004 for her performance in the Broadway play Caroline, or Change. She also was the voice of Tiana, Disney’s first Black princess, in the film The Princess and the Frog. Rose is also known for her roles on Power and the BET drama, The Quad.
Rashad is best known for her role as Claire Huxtable on the classic family sitcom The Cosby Show and she will star on TV next in OWN’s David Makes Man. She won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun. Keegan Michael-Key is known for his work alongside Jordan Peele in the sketch comedy show Key & Peele. He will also star as Ducky in Toy Story 4 and Kamari in The Lion King.
Jingle Jangle is also produced by Mike Jackson. The film is in pre-production.
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