Emma Thompson Exits Skydance Animation’s Luck In Wake Of John Lasseter Hiring

Emma Thompson

by James White |
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Though she can be heard as Queen Ellinor in Pixar's Brave, Emma Thompson has decided that she doesn't want to work for the company's former boss John Lasseter again following his dismissal from Disney over misconduct allegations. As Lasseter takes charge at Skydance Animation, Thompson has decided to leave the cast of its new film Luck.

Lasseter, who had been let go from Disney/Pixar in 2018, was hired by Skydance's David Ellison in January, with assurances that his behaviour would be monitored and that Lasseter would be ethically and financially responsible were anything to happen. The company has since promoted head of production Holly Edwards to president, working directly with Lasseter in an attempt to show that all can be well despite concerns and controversy.

Now, however, Thompson has left Luck, which had been largely shrouded in mystery save for the fact that it had Alessandro Carloni directing the story of rival organisations representing good and bad luck. With a 2021 release date, the team will have plenty of time to look for a replacement, but Thompson's departure marks the first sign that Skydance may have trouble attracting talent to its projects following the new hire.

Thompson will be heard in Missing Link (due 5 April) and seen in Men In Black International, which is out on 14 June.

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