‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Replaces Rebel Wilson With Kate Hudson
It’s not unusual for an animated film to replace members of its voice cast before release — Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur notably did this when it underwent a creative revamp, replacing pretty much all of its actors to make sure the casting was more accurate to the newer vision. Kung Fu Panda 3 hasn’t undergone any huge changes, though it is replacing at least one of its cast members prior to release.
THR reports that Kate Hudson is replacing Rebel Wilson in Kung Fu Panda 3. Although the film is just five months out from release, the report notes that because production was extended, Wilson had to exit due to scheduling conflicts. That might not be entirely accurate — perhaps Wilson’s voice wasn’t working out in the role of Mei Mei, the new lady panda who develops a crush on Jack Black’s heroic Po. Regardless of the actual reason, Hudson confirmed the news herself with this adorable photo and caption:
Kung Fu Panda 3 features Black reprising his role as Po, who discovers that his family is not dead after all and are instead living in seclusion. Bryan Cranston voices his father, with Angelina Jolie, David Cross, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan and Dustin Hoffman also reprising their roles from the previous installments. J.K. Simmons has been cast as the film’s villain.
Kung Fu Panda 3 hits theaters on January 29, 2016.