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Emma Thompson Reportedly Exits ‘Luck’ Feature at Skydance Animation Over Lasseter Hire

Two-time Oscar winner backs out of her role as voice talent for the upcoming animated feature because of concerns about working with the former Disney and Pixar chief.

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Emma Thompson is exiting her voice talent role on the upcoming Skydance Animation feature Luck, according to a report by Deadline, due to concerns about working with the company’s recently hired division head John Lasseter.

Set to be released in theaters by Paramount Pictures in March 2021, Luck is directed by Alessandro Carloni and centers around the struggle between the organizations of bad luck and good luck. Although the voice cast has yet to be officially announced, Thompson reportedly had already begun recording her role as the head of the good luck group.

The news follow’s last week’s promotion of Skydance Animation head of production Holly Edwards to president, replacing Bill Damaschke. The promotion came a little more than a month after Lasseter was hired to oversee Skydance’s animation division, a move that sparked backlash throughout the industry. The former Pixar and Disney Animation chief creative officer, who took a six-month leave of absence from the two studios a little more than a year ago for acknowledged but unspecified “missteps,” was hired by Skydance just days after his consulting contract with Disney concluded at the end of 2018.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.