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It appears the controversial hiring of former Pixar and Walt Disney Animation head John Lasseter to spearhead Skydance Animation’s studio has resulted in at least one significant departure. Skydance made the surprising decision to hire Lasseter earlier this year following the Toy Story and Cars filmmaker’s ousting from Disney. Lasseter came under fire last year for years of alleged sexual misconduct, and while he admitted “missteps” when he took a leave of absence from his post heading up Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney opted not to renew his contract when it ran out last December.
Now THR reports that in the wake of Lasseter’s hiring at Skydance Animation, actress Emma Thompson has quietly exited her voice role in the upcoming Skydance film Luck, reportedly over concerns about working with Lasseter. This is the first high profile exit from Skydance in the wake of Lasseter’s hiring (which reportedly did not go over well with some in Skydance Animation’s unit), but it’s likely not the last and could signal difficulty in casting upcoming projects.
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