When "The Proud Family
" returns next year, it will have a much more diverse cast.
This week, Disney
+ revealed new artwork and voice cast members for the upcoming reboot of the beloved animated series, which aired for 16 years.
The film, titled “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” is set to be released in 2022 and will star Zachary Quinto
and Billy Porter
as Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins, who are described as a mixed-race gay couple who are the adoptive parents of 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, who will be voiced by Keke Palmer.
EJ Johnson, the son of NBA
legend Magic Johnson, will also join the cast as Michael Collins, who is described in press notes as a gender-nonconforming trendsetter who serves up "fierce looks at school and on the basketball court." Michael was originally voiced by Phil LaMarr.
When it first aired on the Disney Channel in 2001, “The Proud Family” was hailed as a culturally inclusive landmark for children
, following the adventures of Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt), a 14-year-old Black girl, and her eccentric family.
Meanwhile, fans may recall
the show's infectious theme song, which was performed by Destiny's Child and Solange Knowles during the show's debut season.
As the series concluded in 2005, a made-for-TV feature film, "The Proud Family Movie," aired.
In addition to Pratt, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” will feature Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby, and Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer, with the majority of the original “Proud Family” cast returning for the reboot.
Quinto has been touring film festivals with Jim Parsons to promote the documentary "Tennessee
& Truman: An Intimate Conversation," in which the two actors play Tennessee Williams (Quinto) and Truman Capote (Parsons).
Porter is currently starring in the third and final season of FX's "Pose," which premiered earlier this month, and will be seen later this year as the Fab G, a genderless fairy godparent in the new film adaptation of "Cinderella," starring Camila Cabello.