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Rita Ora Joins ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight,’ James Hong Returns as Mr. Ping

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight
Rita Ora voices the English knight Wandering Blade in the new series 'Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight'

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Rita Ora Joins ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight,’ James Hong Returns as Mr. Ping

Po’s butt-kicking crew is coming together, with Netflix announcing that British singer, songwriter & actress Rita Ora (Pokémon Detective Pikachu, 50 Shades of Grey trilogy) has joined the cast of the upcoming series Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight In her animation voice acting debut, the global superstar will lend her pipes to the role of Wandering Blade: a no-nonsense bear knight who joins Po on his globe-trotting adventure.

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

James Hong as Mr. Ping (left) and Jack Black as Po in ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’

Today’s cast announcement also contained the welcome news that prolific character actor James Hong will reunite with Jack Black (Po), reprising the role of Mr. Ping, Po’s overprotective (but always brimming with paternal pride) adoptive father. Notably, Hong has voiced the beloved noodle-cooking goose in all his appearances throughout the franchise.

The show’s antagonists, Klaus and Veruca Dumont, will be played by  Chris Geere (This Is Us, FreakAngels) and Della Saba (Physical, Steven Universe), respectively. The roster is rounded out by Rahnuma Panthaky as Rukhmini, Ed Weeks as Colin and Amy Hill as Pei Pei.

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

Synopsis: When a mysterious pair of weasels set their sights on a collection of four powerful weapons, Po must leave his home to embark on a globe-trotting quest for redemption and justice that finds him partnered up with a no-nonsense English knight named Wandering Blade. Together, these two mismatched warriors set out on an epic adventure to find the magical weapons first and save the world from destruction — and they may even learn a thing or two from each other along the way.

The DreamWorks Animation production is executive produced by Peter Hastings, Shaunt Nigoghossian and Jack Black; Chris Amick and Ben Mekler are co-executive producers.

Be sure to pick up the supersized 35th Anniversary Issue of Animation Magazine (June/July, No. 321) to read all about the new series! Subscribe today

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Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

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