“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson has joined the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
It was announced at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California that the actress would be playing a new character named Yesss, an internet whiz. Meanwhile, John C. Reilly will be returning to voice the titular lead character.
According to Variety, the follow-up film follows Ralph after he exits the arcade world and enters the internet. Yesss shows Ralph and Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman) the ropes, including showing them a Marvel-yourself booth and introducing them to all the Disney princesses — voiced by their original actresses — who it turns out are all misunderstood.
In 2012, Wreck-It Ralph grossed more than $470M. It even picked up an Oscar nomination. The original animated adventure followed Ralph, a villain fed up with being the “bad guy” and losing to his “good guy” opponent “Fix-It Felix, Jr.” In an effort to lose his bad guy reputation, he ditches the game to prove he’s a hero.
Though the project isn’t set to hit theaters until March 9, 2018, fans can get their fix of Henson on the record-breaking music industry drama “Empire.” In the hit TV show, the 46-year-old plays ex-con boss-lady Cookie Lyon.
“Lee Daniels brought me onstage,” Henson once told Glamour, recalling one of the best moments of her life, “Empire’s” Paris debut. “The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas. That moment for me was the best moment of my life. That’s better than any trophy, any award, any nomination. You know how they say music can heal the world? I feel that way about art in general.”
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