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Jan 12th 2018 9:45AM
Through the years, Katy Perry has made no secret about her love of Walt Disney classics. From rocking Disney fashions to frequent Disneyland trips, the “Firework” singer is as big a fan as you’ll find — especially on Twitter. On January 22, Minnie Mouse will earn a long-overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Katy will be on hand to present the honor.
The achievement coincides with Minnie’s 90th anniversary.
“After 90 years of serving L–KS & smiles as the polka dot queen, it’s time she got that recognition —-!” Perry wrote. “It will be a childhood and grown adult dream come true for me that day!”
Stars Who Turned Down Disney Roles
Stars Who Turned Down Disney Roles
Reese Witherspoon had agreed to voice Merida in Disney's "Brave" -- but there was one key issue. According to Reese herself, she had trouble mastering the character's Scottish accent: "I tried to do a Scottish accent once. It was bad. I had to quit the movie."
Before agreeing to play Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," Emma Watson turned down the opportunity to play Cinderella in the live-action remake: "When they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did," she said.
Is your favorite Disney Channel film "Hocus Pocus"? Well, the classic DCOM almost looked much more handsome: Leo was approached to play the role of Max, offering him "more money than I ever dreamed of," but he walked away. "I don't know where I got the nerve," he later said.
"Hannah Montana" without Miley Cyrus? It almost happened! Singer JoJo was offered the lead role by Disney executives, but she turned it down, later revealing she had "no regrets at all" about rejecting the opportunity.
Warren Beatty was offered the part of Iago, villain Jafar's saucy parrot sidekick in "Aladdin." After he turned it down, Gilbert Gottfried landed the role -- although he first had to beat out Joe Pesci and Danny DeVito, he revealed.
Annnd sometimes you kick yourself later. Billy Crystal has said that turning down a role in "Toy Story" during its early development stage is "one of the only regrets I have in the business of something I passed on." He later took the lead role of Mike Wazowski in "Monsters, Inc."
In 2015, Variety officially announced that Moretz would play Ariel in Disney's live-action "The Little Mermaid." However, a year later, Moretz announced that she had pulled the plug not only on that film, but also on all others she was committed to. "I want to reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again," she explained.
Elle Fanning also turned down Disney's offer to star in "The Little Mermaid." She did, however, agree to play Aurora in "Malficent."
Michael Shannon was reportedly approached to do a major Disney blockbuster, but he wasn't interested at all. Although he wouldn't confirm the film, he gave this cryptic explanation: "They called me recently about some iteration -- I won't say -- but some version of a movie that's been made already countless times. They were gonna give me a lot of money, but I was like, nah. Big movie, too. But I have to think it's an interesting story. If I don't, I can't do it."
The director of "Monsters, Inc," Pete Docter, was dying to slate Bill Murray as monster Sulley alongside Billy Crystal. But after doing a screen read for the part, Murray refused to answer the phone when the director repeatedly called. "We took that to mean no," Docter said.
No thanks! Although she hit it big on Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," Gomez declined the leading role in its hit movie-musical "Camp Rock." She also turned down a part in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year."
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Minnie’s love interest Mickey earned a star 40 years ago in 1978, while other Disney characters like Snow White and Tinker Bell have stars of their own. So it’s about time that Minnie joined the club, and Perry makes the perfect presenter.
“Minnie Mouse is a woman of the ages and her iconic status makes her a great addition to our Walk of Fame!” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Generations of fans of all ages have been looking forward to her seeing her bright new star.”
Donald Glover will play Simba in the upcoming live-action adaption of "The Lion King," and James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa (!!!). According to Disney, the film is on the "fast track" through production and may arrive sooner rather than later. Jon Favreau will direct -- he also directed 2016's "The Jungle Book," so he's sure to crush it!
Now this is interesting: Disney is developing a story centered on Prince Charming (either from "Cinderella" or "Snow White"). There's a lot of work to be done there since the original men weren't exactly riveting characters.
In perfect casting news, Reese Witherspoon has signed on to play the sassy Neverland fairy in "Tink."
Your childhood crush is coming to life. The new "Aladdin" will reportedly be a brand-new take on the beloved story and is expected to seriously deviate from the original plot. In March 2017, Disney announced open casting calls to find their perfect Aladdin and Jasmine. They're looking for Middle Eastern actors, and shooting begins this summer.
We've seen remakes of "Peter Pan" before, but the magical story is slated for another upcoming live-action reboot. It's difficult to cast because not too many actors have pointed elf ears.
What's Christopher Robin up to now? The upcoming "Winnie the Pooh" adaption will show us: In this version, he'll be all grown up.
The live-action "Mulan" is currently in pre-production, and the actress taking on the title role hasn't yet been announced. It's scheduled for a 2018 release.
Disney is working on a real-life "Little Mermaid," and she better still be a redhead.
Emma Stone will play the evil Cruella in the 2018 flick. You've gotta assume she received offers for "The Little Mermaid," too, and she was like, nah, I know what I'm about.
Disney announced an "Aladdin" prequel that reveals Genie's backstory, but the plan was tabled (or maybe entirely scrapped) in favor of an Aladdin-focused story. We'll see if it moves back into development.
"The Sword in the Stone," released in 1963, is making its return! The story features King Arthur before he reigned supreme: He was an orphan who received special lessons from Merlin the wizard.
Tim Burton is directing the live-action "Dumbo," which means it may not be quite so cheery as the original.
The new adaption of "Pinocchio" will reportedly be only loosely based on the original story.
After the smash success of 2016's "The Jungle Book," it was no surprise that Disney decided to move forward with a sequel.
Angelina Jolie will return as Maleficent in a sequel to the 2014 film.
"Snow White," originally released in 1938, is getting a much-deserved remake.
Did you know Snow White has a sister? Neither did we, but apparently her name is "Rose Red" and she's getting her own live-action movie. She hangs out with the dwarves after her Snow White meets her poisonous (temporary) end.