Meet Monte. 

By Melissa Locker
August 26, 2019
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Hollywood’s latest star is a two-year old terrier mix named Monte. The newly-minted star was in a New Mexico kill shelter when he was scooped up and sent to Phoenix’s HALO Animal Rescue. It was there that his star power was discovered when he was adopted by two animal trainers, The Albuquerque Journal reports. They were looking for a pup with soulful eyes and a scruffy face to play the leading dog in a new movie that Disney was casting, and they suspected Monte was a perfect fit.

“He was adopted from us in April of 2018, and we knew that the people that were meeting with him were considering him to be a Hollywood star, but we didn’t know for what, because it was top secret,” HALO President Heather Allen told the Arizona Republic. “We knew he had the potential to become a Hollywood dog.”

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Now, Monte has made his way to Hollywood where Justin Theroux will voice his character in the remake of the 1955 animated classic. He’ll play opposite a sweet-looking cocker spaniel named Rose who will be voiced by Tessa Thompson. It was probably easy for Monte to get in touch with the character, as he had his own rags to riches story and could undoubtedly relate to the lucky dog he plays in the film.

While Monte is making headlines for playing the lead, according to a news release from Disney’s official fan club, Monte isn’t the only rescue pup in the film. Turns out much of the movie’s cast is dogs who were found in shelters and found their forever homes when production ended. That’s just about the happiest ending we can imagine.  

The live-action version of the 1955 animated film won’t be released until November 12, 2019 on Disney’s new streaming service.

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