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Will Robinson
August 07, 2015 AT 07:37 PM EDT

Hasbro has found its cinematic partner to bring My Little Pony to theaters. Lionsgate announced Friday it’s reached an agreement with the toy company to distribute the animated film globally.

“Meghan McCarthy and the My Little Pony cast are a very talented and cohesive team whom we’re happy to be working with and we’re excited about the addition of the very talented Kristin Chenoweth, as we explore new aspects of these characters and new story opportunities for the franchise,” Lionsgate co-president Erik Feig said in a statement.

Chenoweth, the venerable, bubbly Broadway star, will play a completely new character. The Mane Six is already accounted for: Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, and Ashleigh Ball.

McCarthy, an executive producer of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is writing the screenplay, which will be directed by Jayson Theissen. The movie is set for a 2017 release.

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