Friday, November 6, 2009

Voice Casting Tidbits for 'Yogi Bear' and 'Puss in Boots'

Entertainment Weekly just got a big casting scoop on the unnecessary adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon "Yogi Bear." Dan Aykroyd is in talks to voice the picnic basket stealing bear and Justin Timberlake is also in talks for the role of Boo-Boo. Meanwhile, Anna Faris (again, also in negotiations) will play a nature documentarian following Yogi and Boo-Boo for her next project.

While there's not much mentioned in the vein of conflict or plot for this film, I'm left wondering how and if Ranger Smith will fit into this story. The frustrated character was such a huge part of the original cartoon that I can't imagine them leaving him out.

The film is set to begin filming in Auckland, New Zealand next month from a script by Brad Copeland ("Wild Hogs"). It will be directed by Eric Brevig ("Journey to the Center of the Earth").

"Yogi Bear" is already slated for a December 17, 2010 release.

"The Hangover" star Zach Galifianakis is certainly making a name for himself as of late: after starring in the $461 million comedy smash hit this summer, he has garnered himself a slew of roles, the latest of which is voicing a children’s nursery rhyme character in the upcoming "Shrek" spin-off movie, "Puss In Boots."

The Hollywood Reporter states that Galifianakis is in talks to voice Humpty Dumpty, and if cast he’ll be joining the voice of "Puss In Boots" himself, Antonio Banderas, as well as Salma Hayek who’s voicing Kitty. The spin-off will be written by Tom Wheeler, and will be a prequel leading up to the feisty feline’s appearance in "Shrek 2."

"Shrek the Third" director, Chris Miller, will direct the Dreamworks animated film, which is now set to hits theaters on November 4th, 2011 .Before then, Puss In Boots will make another appearance in the fourth installment of the successful Shrek franchise, entitled "Shrek Forever After," which hits theaters on May 21, 2010.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: First Showing, Screen Rant

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