Emma Thompson withdrew from the voice of Skydance Animation's upcoming movie, "Luck," a spokeswoman for the actress said Variety.
The beloved UK star registered for the project, but dropped out in January, after John Lasseter was hired to take on the role of animator at David Ellison's animation studio, an insider close to the film said.
Skydance Animation did not comment. Thompson has no other comment besides confirming his departure from the movie.
The Lasseter rental made waves early in the year as the former Disney-Pixar leader left his animation studio in a cloud of misbehavior charges before spending an entire year away from his business.
At the time, Skydance's CEO, Ellison, sent a long memo to his staff, in which he was informed that he had conducted an independent investigation into Lasseter's accusations and that he was confident in his innocence. . The studio also held a series of public meetings in which female staff members voiced their concerns and complaints about the abrupt appointment.
The departure of Thompson would be the first opportunity for the greatest talents to refuse to work with the studio in the light of Lasseter. The executive spent nearly two months at the helm, preparing a development list and working on two previously announced titles.
"Luck" is in a world where two opposing forces control destiny, happiness and misfortune. Directed by Alessandro Carloni, he is expected to be released in 2021. Also in "Split", he speaks of a teenage girl with magical powers, featuring the team of women writer-directors Vicky Jensen and Linda Woolverton ("Shrek "). No additional distribution has been announced for "Luck" and the insider Variety spoke with was not aware of any replacement for Thompson.
Thompson will soon be seen in the comedy "Late Night" of Amazon Studios by Mindy Kaling, as the host of a declining talk show whose character, coincidentally, is accused of misconduct in the workplace.