Comic-Con is in full-swing right now, with San Diego being flooded by excited fans and members of the entertainment industry eager to get their latest big breaking news out. Today, Lionsgate is beyond estatic to let everyone know that pop sensation Sia is set to swing into Equestria for My Little Pony: The Movie. This long-awaited animated adventure also got a new release date, and will be in theaters around the world on October 6, 2017.
Playing the role of pony pop star Songbird Serenade, My Little Pony: The Movie, will be one of Sia's first forays into acting. She will contribute two brand new original songs to the film's soundtrack. Sia joins previously announced A-list talent alongside the Mane 6, including Emmy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Golden Globe-winning actress Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Tony, Emmy Award-winning actress Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie), Taye Diggs (Murder in the First and Best Man Holiday), Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian) and Golden Globe-nominated actor Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan and Spotlight).
My Little Pony: The Movie is being scripted by Rita Hsiao (Toy Story 2, Mulan) and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic writer Meghan McCarthy and directed by Jayson Thiessen. The news came today during Hasbro's official My Little Pony panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Hasbro, Inc. and Lionsgate announced music powerhouse Sia as the latest addition to their cast with cheers from the audience. The singer is perhaps best known for her iconic music videos and tremendous songwriting ability. Her role as pony pop star Songbird Serenade will help solidify her new career as an actor.
Sia will play an integral role in the first big screen adventure of the "Mane 6" from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series. In the movie, a new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity, embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home. The My Little Pony film will feature all new music with the Mane Six characters voiced by Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball.
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