Many fans who have admired Scottish actress Karen Gillan‘s dramatic acting chops when she played Nebula in ‘Avengers’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (the third of which she is filming now!) or marveled at her comedic skills when she played martial arts dance fighter Ruby Roundhouse in ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ have been wanting the famously-good-natured actress to play Merida in a live-action version of ‘Brave’. While we’re definitely still hoping that that particular live-action adaptation and casting happens, it looks like Karen Gillan is still getting to go back to her Scottish roots in a different project for now! Deadline.com has announced that “Disney+ has put into development Rhona Who Lives by the River, an animated musical series from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, with Jumanji and Avengers star Karen Gillan attached to voice the titular character and executive produce”. Karen (who is from Inverness near the famous Lock Ness) already has experiencing writing and directing her own indie films, particularly films in the horror genre, so executive producing is a logical role for her!
Apparently “Rhona Who Lives by the River follows the adventures of Rhona #3 (Gillan), the third-most-interesting Rhona in a small Scottish town, whose life is utterly dull. But after a freak clootie well accident results in bacterial pinkeye and the ability to make her own wishes come true, Rhona’s star finally is on the rise.” Ayo Davis, the president of Disney Branded Television, said the following: “We’re so pleased that Emily and Karen chose Disney Branded as their home. They’re exceptional at creating characters that embody powerful moments of anticipation, humor, and warmth. Along with Danny, a music visionary who sees all the magic that’s possible in a story, we know that we are in great hands.” Danny Elfman will be the man behind the show’s music; he previously has worked on ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
Karen shared the news on Instagram, saying “this will be fun!”. Are you excited to hear Karen Gillan use her real Scottish accent in a show?