Blake Shelton is joining the cast of STXfilms’s “UglyDolls.”
The former “Sexiest Man Alive,” will lend his country crooner twang to the animated film as the character OX, the unofficial Mayor of Uglyville. Shelton will also perform original songs as the character.
He joins a cast featuring his “The Voice” co-star Kelly Clarkson, as well as Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias.
“Blake is one of country music’s most talented and highly regarded artists, and his signature wit and infectious charisma lend themselves perfectly to the character of OX, who fancies himself a defacto Mayor of the Uglydolls,” said STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson in a statement. “Blake joins an incredible line-up of artists already announced on this project, including his friend and colleague Kelly Clarkson, with whom he has undeniable chemistry that is as genuine as it is hilarious.”
Based on a line of plush toys, “UglyDolls” will follow Moxy (Clarkson) and her UglyDolls friends as they confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and discover that being who you truly are is what matters most. It will be produced by Robert Rodriguez and directed by Kelly Asbury.
STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment, will release “UglyDolls” in theaters May 10, 2019 as a launch vehicle for company’s UglyDolls franchise. An animated kids series is also underway with a full series order from premium streaming service Hulu, and Hasbro joined early on as global master toy licensee. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Atlantic Records.
Shelton’s most recent album, Texoma Shore, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and was his sixth record to do so, it was also 11th on the all-genre Top 10. The singer recently won “Male Video of the Year” and took home the grand prize, “Video of the Year,” at the 2018 CMT Music Awards for his smash hit song “I’ll Name The Dogs.” With 25 #1 singles, Grand Ole Opry member Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including five consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Awards.
Shelton is repped by WME and Narvel Blackstock’s Starstruck Entertainment.