The move comes two months after Slate moved away from voicing a black character in the animated series.
Netflix has found a new actor to play the character of Missy in its animated comedy Big mouth.
Ayo Edebiri, who also joins the writers, will reprise the role previously played by Jenny Slate, who chose to step down from the role in June in an industry that accommodates on-screen and off-screen diversity. Missy is biracial, and Slate wrote of her departure: “At the start of the show, I thought to myself that it was okay for me to play Missy because her mother is Jewish and white – just like me. But Missy is also black, and black characters in an animated show should be played by black people. “
Apples Central park made a similar decision, with Kristen Bell retiring from playing a biracial character. Emmy Raver-Lampman will play the role in the future.
Big Mouth’s fourth season production was largely over before Slate decided to stop playing the character. Edebiri will reprise the role in the final two episodes, which is scheduled to air in the fall, and has already recorded his lines. The series has been renewed with a sixth season on Netflix.
Edebiri is a writer and actor. She was a story writer for the NBC comedy Sunny side last season and is a co-producer of the Tina Fey and Robert Carlock animated series Mulligan on Netflix and the stars of the streamer’s upcoming animated comedy We lost our human, opposite Ben Schwartz. She will also have an onscreen role in season two of Dickinson at Apple.
Edebiri tweeted a photo of herself as a child next to one of the Missys to announce that she will be joining Big mouth; see below.
Variety first reported the news.