A Dragon’s Voice

Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, star of 1968’s Barbarella, is adding another fantasy role to her repertoire. Variety announced that Jane Fonda will be providing the voice of the dragon in Apple/Skydance’s new animated film Luck. In a career that stretches from 1960 to 2021, she has naturally done voice work before. She was the evil sorceress Shuriki in eleven episodes of Disney’s Elena of Avalor and Maxine Lombard in The Simpsons. This will be her first major role in an animated feature.

Fonda has had many notable roles in Hollywood. These include Nora in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the title roles in Barbarella and Cat Ballou, Judy Bernly in Nine to Five, and Chelsea Thayer Wayne in On Golden Pond, in which she co-starred with her real life father, Hollywood superstar Henry Fonda. She earned nominations for seven Oscars and won two of them, for Bree in Klute and Sally in Coming Home. Fonda also won eight Golden Globe Awards, along with one Emmy, and two BAFTA Awards. Amusingly, she also “won” the Razzie for Worst Actress as Harriet Winslow in Old Gringo.

It’s Dragon Season

This must be dragon season, with the appearance of two dragon films. first with the imminent release of Raya and the Last Dragon, and now with the announcement of production on Luck. In Luck, “the film … envisions colliding worlds of good and bad luck — and the unlucky girl who must intervene and save the day.” The movie “pulls back the curtain” and allow the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the millennia-old battle between the organizations of good luck and bad luck that secretly affects everyday lives.

Actress/writer/choreagrapher Peggy Holmes will be directing Luck. Holmes is no stranger to fantasy films, and previously directed Disney’s Secret of the Wings and The Pirate Fairy, both in the Pixie Hollow series of movies. The script is by the writing team of Kiel Murray (Cars, Cars 3), Glenn Berger (Monsters vs. Aliens) and Jonathan Aibel (Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, Trolls World Tour).

Luck is tentatively scheduled to debut February 18, 2022 and is currently in preproduction. If Ms. Fonda does well in the role, she may be able to add a Saturn or an Annie Award to her collection of Oscars and Emmies.

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