“The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” at Disney Plus expanded its cast with the addition of Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto and EJ Johnson.
The role will be a pivot for Johnson, who has cemented himself in the world of reality and unscripted television on shows like “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills,” “Red Table Talk” and “Steve Harvey.” Porter is perhaps best known for his award-winning performance as Pray Tell on FX’s “Pose,” but is no stranger to voice work and has lent his talents to “The Simpsons” and served as narrator for HBO Max docuseries “Equal.” Quinto is no stranger to animation either, having appeared on Amazon’s “Invincible” and Netflix’s “Big Mouth.”
In the upcoming Disney Plus animated series, Porter and Quinto voice Randall and Barry Leibowitz Jenkins, adopted parents to 14-year-old activist Maya, played by Keke Palmer. Johnson will portray Michael Collins, Penny Proud’s best friend guy who is described as a non-conforming trendsetter who serves up fierce looks both at school and on the basketball.
“The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” picks up the story of Penny, her madcap family and loyal crew from the original series that ran from 2001 to 2005. A slew of original cast members are set to return to reprise their voice roles, including Kyla Pratt as Penny, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, JoMarie Payton as Suga Mama, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby, Carlos Mencia as Felix Boulevardez, Maria Canals-Barrera as Sunset Boulevardez, Alvaro Gutierrez as Papi, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez.
The sequel series is currently in production for a 2022 launch on Disney Plus. It is executive produced Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar, who both led the original series and signed a multi-year overall deal with Disney in December, and Calvin Brown Jr. Jan Hirota serves as producer and Eastwood Wong is the art director.
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