STXfilms' animated feature, based on the plush toy line, is aiming for a 2019 release.
Singer and recording artist Kelly Clarkson is joining the voice cast STXfilms’ UglyDolls, in which she’ll play the character Moxy and also perform original songs. The animated feature is based on the plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, which was named Toy the Year by the Toy Industry Association in 2006.
Kelly Asbury is directing the feature, which will also includes Pitbull among its voice cast.
STX is planning to release UglyDolls theatrically in 2019 in hopes launching a franchise. An animated kids series is also underway with a full series order from Hulu, and Hasbro has joined early on as global master toy licensee. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Atlantic Records.
“Kelly Clarkson has been a role model to millions fans since the beginning her momentous career. We are beyond thrilled that for her next project she chose to do UglyDolls after she saw our character designs, animatics and set pieces, which she loved. We look forward to collaborating with an artist Kelly’s exceptional talent and versatility,” Adam Fogelson, chairman STXfilms, said in announcing her casting.
“The UglyDolls’ universal message celebrating our differences and individuality really resonates with me, and when STX showed me how incredible UglyDolls will look and feel, I jumped at being part that world. I can’t wait to start working with the team at STX, the cast and filmmakers,” Clarkson commented.
Clarkson is repped by CAA and Starstruck Entertainment.
This post was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.