Julie Bowen Cast Tangled the Series Disney Channel Queen Arianna

Julie Bowen Replaces Ashley Judd in Disney's Animated Tangled Series

Modern Family star Julie Bowen is staying in the Disney family for her next TV role.

Bowen has joined the cast of Disney Channel’s animated Tangled: The Series, our sister site Deadline reports. She’ll play Rapunzel’s mother Queen Arianna, replacing Ashley Judd in the role; the switch came when “producers decided to take the character’s voice in a different direction,” a Disney Channel spokesperson says.

Tangled: The Series is based on Disney’s hit animated film from 2010, and will be set before the events of the movie. Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) and Zachary Levi (Eugene) are reprising their roles from the film in the series, which kicks off in March with an animated movie, Tangled Before Ever After. The series will also feature new songs from film composer Alan Menken.

In addition to her Modern Family role as mom Claire Dunphy — a role that’s earned her two Emmys — Bowen lent her voice to Family Guy‘s 2014 episode that crossed over with The Simpsons and made a hilarious cameo last year as herself in the pilot for FX’s Better Things.

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  1. How much do you want to bet the new direction has the queen doing wacky or over the top voices says:

    I don’t see a point to this prequel series. Rapunzel was kidnapped from infancy by Mother Gothel who exiled her from all human contact and Finn was thief constantly getting into trouble. Its seems like they’re going the way of the little mermaid series but at least that was about a teenage girl and her various sea adventures. Neither Tangled character has any real back story to mine that kind of kid friendly story out of. Not to mention the fact that if they follow canon, the Queen character shouldn’t even have that much of a presence if it’s not depicting post tower life. They’d be better off going the way of the Aladdin series which I think took place after the original movie and depicted them as couple getting into misadventures.

    • ndixit says:

      I don’t think this is a prequel series. From the trailer on YouTube, it’s set after the movie but before Flynn and Rapunzel’s wedding. There would be no point to a prequel like you said.

    • raddadtone says:

      Yeah. This article is incorrect. The show takes place after the movie and before the short. So.its a prequel to Tangled Ever After. But a sequel to Tangled

  2. Brian says:

    It does not take place before the movie. It takes place between the movie and the short “tangled ever after”

  3. clintbrew says:

    i thought the series was set after the events of the movie but before the wedding special

  4. PL says:

    um yeah no, the series takes place AFTER the movie Tangle but BEFORE the short Tangle Ever After..

  5. Kathy says:

    In the Tv show Blue Bloods I thought Jamie and Eddie started a romance but then all of a sudden they’re back to just partners? They are such a perfect couple…they should get together but not where they spoil they’re partnership…

  6. Jo says:

    Nice after her junk at the woman’s march this was a good idea. Thank you for the wise choice.

    • therealjonpalmer says:

      Did you notice the date of this article. January 19th. 1 day before the inauguration. 2 days before the women’s march.
      –This had nothing to do with what Ms Judd said while she was exercising her 1st Amendment rights at the women’s march–unless the producers had a crystal ball to look into the future.

  7. therealjonpalmer says:

    LOVE Julie Bowen. So talented.

  8. Kaya says:

    How do you take a character’s voice in “a different direction?”