That photo you see above is the "very first" official photo from DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After."
USA Today has the first look of the film with the picture as well as some new information on the franchise. "Shrek Forever After" is the final film in the "Shrek" franchise (although I'm sure it'll still continue with spin-offs like "Puss in Boots").
"All that was loved about 'Shrek' in the first film is brought to the final film," promises Bill Damaschke, head of creative production at DreamWorks.
The official synopsis follows:
"After rescuing a princess, getting hitched and fathering triplets, Shrek is feeling over-domesticated. ‘He has lost his roar,’ says director Mike Mitchell. ‘It used to send villagers running away in terror. Now they run to him and ask him to sign their pitchforks and torches.’
“To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, the wee troublemaker who popped up briefly in Shrek 2 and 3.
"Of course, the pact goes awry and Shrek must confront what life would be like in Far Far Away if he had never existed. That translates into Donkey being forced into cart-pulling duty, fat and lazy Puss in Boots trading his sword for a pink bow and the underhanded Rumpelstiltskin ruling the kingdom.”
The film is being described as the, “Brothers Grimm meets It’s A Wonderful Life,” the latter being the whole “see what life would be like without him” aspect for Shrek. That idea I must admit fits quite well with the whole fairy tale universe of Shrek.
The huge voice cast for this one includes Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Amy Poehler, John Lithgow, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, Eric Idle, Larry King, and Regis Philbin.
And a few more newcomers include Kathy Griffin and "Flight of the Conchords" actress Kristin Schaal voicing a couple of witches who hunt ogres, and "Mad Men" actor John Hamm is voicing an underground resistance group leader who’s described by director, Mike Mitchell as, “the best-looking ogre you’ve ever seen.”
For those anxious to see a trailer, there will be one playing in front of "Avatar" in December.
Are you looking forward to another installment in the "Shrek" franchise?
"Shrek Forever After" hits regular and 3-D theaters on May 21, 2010.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, First Showing