In several posts to social media, it was announced today that Keke Palmer will be starring as a new character in The Proud Family reboot. “Prepare to fall in love with 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins”, said Palmer in an Instagram caption released this morning.
The post also showcased a visual of the young activist. Palmer described the new role as a '[dream] come true' on twitter.
The series’ streaming service is “Already Obsessed” with their new addition to the family, and several of the star’s peers couldn’t be prouder, or louder, as they showed their support as well— with a “Yessss!!!” typed by Yara Shahidi, a“Wooooo!” alongside two hands in the air from Ryan Destiny, and an enthusiastic “WAOOOW!!” along with a heart eyes and crying emoji from singer, SZA, filling the comments section of Palmer’s Instagram.
The role seems fitting as the actress has never been shy in voicing her opinions on what's happening in the world; her most recent example being on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Palmer announced that she will be hosting the 2020 VMAs later this month, and will be moderating the Proud Family Reunion Panel for the NAACP Arts, Culture and Entertainment Festival today at 3PM ET. You can find information on how to access the panel at naacp.org.
Disney confirmed rumors of the show’s comeback in February. No official launch date has been released, but the “Louder and Prouder" spinoff will star all of the original cast including: Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, and Jo Marie Payton as Suga Mama; even the cartoon’s original creator and co-executive producers are on board.
While we wait for an announcement on when we can officially meet Maya, both of the original seasons of The Proud Family can be streamed on Disney+.