Mickey Mouse has secured some major talent as Bruno Mars joins a brand new Disney film. That’s right, the “Grenade” singer is trying something new and teaming up with the juggernaut studio for an exciting project.
According to Deadline, the 34-year-old will star in and co-produce the “music-themed theatrical narrative feature”. Little else is known about the project, but Mars is expected to write an original score of music to give the feature a toe-tapping soundtrack.
This isn’t Mars’ first time treading the boards. His debut was playing Little Elvis back in 1992’s Honeymoon in Vegas. He also lent his voice to the suave Roberto in 2014’s Rio 2.
The latest news reportedly comes after months of negotiations between Mars and Disney. It also comes just after the huge deal for Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring Hamilton to life for the studio. With both projects, Walt Disney Studios production president Sean Bailey was a huge part of proceedings. When it comes to Mars’ mystery movie, Disney’s head of music Mitchell Leib also had an integral role.
Now, the untitled project is on the hunt for a writer/writer-director to work alongside Mars. Looking back at the singer’s impressive record, he already has 11 Grammy Awards under his belt, has performed at two Super Bowl halftimes shows, and secured more Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits than any other male artist of the past decade. It’s no surprise he’s sold over 26 million records and 200 million singles since his 2010 debut.
Disney is already committed to churning out more original content, and it’s easy to imagine Mars’ movie on Disney+. The streaming platform is already doing huge things for the studio and winning over critics with the likes of The Mandalorian, the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, and talks of a Hannah Montana prequel series.
According to Billy Rae Cyrus, Hannah Montana could be getting a prequel, and if it all goes through then he’s definitely down to reprise his role as Robbie Ray Stuart.
He told Hollywood Life: ”They’re talking about doing a prequel, which to me, I would do that in a heartbeat. Because that means I get to get my mullet back,” he said, in reference to playing Robby Stewart and alter ego Robbie Ray.
The 58-year-old star didn’t mention whether or not daughter Miley would be involved in the prequel but he thinks there would be a lot to explore in the show. Ultimately, she can’t really star in it as she’s no longer a teenager who has the best of both worlds, but she MIGHT be on board to help.
He said: ”I think there’s a whole story that led up to Miley becoming Hannah Montana. They had cast me as her dad, and I said, ‘They should get a real actor. I don’t want to mess that show up. They should get a real actor to play her dad, because this is a great script and a great concept. It’s going to blow Miley up. It’s going to be big.”’
At least we have the Bruno Mars musical spectacular to look forward to. Keep ’em peeled to find out where the story goes next.
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