Hasbro’s feature-length animated My Little Pony movie just got a huge dose of star power with its latest cast addition: Emily Blunt. She’ll be playing a new character. Though no other details were given, we’re gonna make a bold prediction and say it’s maybe, probably, gotta be the story’s villain.
The Hollywood Reporter offers this plot description:
Blunt joins a cast of Kristin Chenoweth, Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball, who will voice the Mane 6 — Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity. When a new dark force threatens Ponyville, they 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.
“New dark force,” you say? Does it speak with a sinister British accent, perhaps? Is it a juicy/campy enough role to lure, say, a highly acclaimed actor like Blunt to Equestria and beyond? Did Blunt see the below news and hunger for a similar type of role?
In recent years, Hasbro has seen both raging success (the Transformers series) and spectacular failure (Jem and the Holograms) result from live-action feature films spawned by its creations. Going by the success of current animated TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the raging brony phenomenon, the time may be perfect for this bold foray into feature-length animation. The film is slated for a November 3, 2017 release date.
Top image: Emily Blunt poses at the UK premiere of Sicario, Sept. 21, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)