'Lady and the Tramp': Monte the dog goes from shelter to movie mutt starring role

Disney has dropped the first look of the live-action "Lady and the Tramp" movie and it's a bit of dog heaven here on Earth.

The remake of the classic 1955 animated film is coming to the Disney+ steaming service when it starts Nov. 12, but the dog photo preview gives fans a great bone to gnaw on until the first trailer drops.

There is an appropriate "Cuteness Alert" on the Instagram post. So if you're not ready to handle this, stop reading here. 

The refined spaniel Lady is voiced by Tessa Thompson. The new Tramp (voiced by Justin Theroux) is a perfectly scruffy vagabond mutt with a real-life heartwarming story — going from a rescue shelter to movie stardom.

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The mixed breed pooch, called Monte, was taken to a New Mexico shelter in early 2018 and transferred to the HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix. While Monte was much thinner at the time of his original rescue, he was an infectiously happy dog with star quality.

Monte the dog before he got his movie star break in "Lady and the Tramp."

"He’s so handsome and had the scruff factor that Tramp has from the original movie," says Heather Allen, president and CEO of HALO Animal Rescue. "Plus, Monte has such a unique look as a mixed breed. He’s not going to look like any other dog that Lady would run into, especially as she's a pure breed."

There's hope that featuring rescue dogs will bring about positive change and encourage viewers to consider making "forever homes" for other pooches.

"It’s so cool to see a shelter dog, especially a mixed breed, in the movie. The mutts are going to shine on the screen," says Allen. "Monte's not just a movie star, he’s going to help mutts all over the world just by being in the movie."

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A scene from the original "Lady and the Tramp."

Not pictured is the top casting of Sam Elliott voicing the bloodhound Trusty. Janelle Monáe, as the Pekingese Peg, steps into the formidable paws of the original voice actor, Peggy Lee.

The reveal on the D23 magazine shows the film will be part of Disney's fan convention later this month. This is likely to win over even critics of the slew of live-action films coming from Disney.