The actress Emma Thompson left an animated film after discovering that she should work with the animator John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar, who resigned from his post the following year. last year because of allegations of sexual misconduct at the workplace.
A Thompson representative told BuzzFeed News Tuesday that the actress had pulled out of the upcoming animation project when Lasseter was announced at the helm of Skydance Animation in January. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce Tuesday. Thompson's representatives did not have any other comment on this subject.
The actor had been configured to express a character in a movie called Luck, which will open in theaters in 2021. She had already started attending recording sessions, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
On IMDB, Luck is described only as "a comedy that unveils the millennial battle between organizations of luck and bad luck that secretly affects our daily lives".
Lasseter left Pixar last year after being accused of "seizing, kissing, [and] comments on the physical attributes "of employees in a THR report in November 2017.
"It has been brought to my attention that I have made sure that some of you feel disrespectful or uncomfortable.This was never my intention," he said. Lasseter in a statement at the time, responding to the accusations.
"I especially want to apologize to all those who have already been hugged by an unwanted hug or by any other gesture that they have felt crossing the finish line of whatever way, "he said.
His recent hiring at Skydance has been a source of concern for some of the studio's employees after his alleged misconduct at Pixar, according to Variety.
Lasseter was one of the first employees of Pixar Animation Studios and helped define feature film animation for a quarter of a century.
He co-wrote and directed the original Toy Story film and helped revive Disney's animated films when the company bought Pixar in 2006.
Thompson had already played in the 2012 Disney Pixar movie Courageous, on which Lasseter served as executive producer.
Skydance Animation representatives did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.