The Proud Family is going to have some brand new additions when it returns to our screens next year.
The characters are described as a mixed-race gay couple who are the adoptive parents of 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, another new addition who will be voiced by Keke Palmer.
EJ Johnson, who is the son of NBA legend Magic Johnson, is also joining the cast as Michael Collins, described in press notes as a gender-nonconforming trendsetter who serves up “fierce looks at school and on the basketball court”.
Michael did appear in the original Proud Family series, when the character was voiced by Phil LaMarr.
The original series followed the adventures of 14-year-old Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt), and her eccentric family. A holiday-themed episode in the show’s debut season won praise for exploring the traditions of Kwanzaa.
A made-for-TV feature film, The Proud Family Movie, aired in 2005 as the series finale.
In addition to Kyla 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.
In recent weeks, Zachary Quinto has been doing promo with Jim Parsons for the documentary Tennessee & Truman: An Intimate Conversation, in which the two actors provide voiceovers as writers Tennessee Williams (Quinto) and Truman Capote (Parsons).
Billy Porter is currently starring in the third and final series of Pose, which began airing in the US earlier this month.
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