Escape From Planet Earth” voice cast announced

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Escape From Planet Earth

Escape From Planet Earth

The Wein­stein Com­pany and Rain­maker Enter­tain­ment announced Tues­day the all-star voice cast for the long-delayed Escape From Planet Earth, which includes Bren­dan Fraser, Sarah Jes­sica Parker, Jes­sica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gan­dolfini and Craig Robinson.

Orig­i­nally set for release in 2007, the 3D ani­mated fam­ily com­edy is cur­rently in full pro­duc­tion and will be sched­uled for United States release in 2012. A film from The Wein­stein Com­pany, Escape From Planet Earth is pro­duced in asso­ci­a­tion with Rain­maker Entertainment.

The announce­ment was made by TWC pres­i­dent of pro­duc­tion Donna Gigliotti and Rain­maker pres­i­dent and exec­u­tive pro­ducer Cather­ine Winder. Both Gigliotti and Winder serve as pro­duc­ers on the ani­mated fea­ture film.

Escape From Planet Earth is directed by Cal Brunker, best known for his work on the ani­mated fea­ture films Despi­ca­ble Me, 9 and Dr. Seuss’ Hor­ton Hears a Who!. Gigliotti and Winder are joined by Rainmaker’s Luke Car­roll as a pro­ducer on the film. TWC co-chairmen Bob and Har­vey Wein­stein are exec­u­tive producers.

The film was writ­ten by Brunker and Bob Barlen based on an orig­i­nal screen­play by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards.

“Escape From Planet Earth has got it all… explo­sions, romance and a cast of hilar­i­ous aliens… what more could you ask for?”, said Brunker. “We are hav­ing a great time mak­ing it, which is com­ing across on the screen. It will ulti­mately pro­vide a ton of fun for both kids and their parents.”

We’re excited to have such a tal­ented group of actors bring­ing this action-packed comedic tale to life,” said Gigliotti. “I’m also very pleased to be work­ing with Cather­ine and the Rain­maker team. Their out­stand­ing artistry, sto­ry­telling and tech­niques in CGI ani­ma­tion add a new dimen­sion to this film and ensure a fun moviego­ing expe­ri­ence for the entire family.”

Winder added, “A suc­cess­ful ani­mated movie starts with an imag­i­na­tive story and appeal­ing char­ac­ters. The addi­tion of such high-caliber voice tal­ent is a cru­cial layer to the mix. With the amaz­ing array of tal­ented artists and cre­atives from both The Wein­stein Com­pany and Rain­maker col­lab­o­rat­ing on this pro­duc­tion, we have all the right ingre­di­ents to make Escape From Planet Earth a highly enter­tain­ing and suc­cess­ful film.”

Escape From Planet Earth cat­a­pults movie­go­ers to planet Baab, where admired astro­naut Scorch Super­nova (Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien pop­u­la­tion. A mas­ter of dar­ing res­cues, Scorch pulls off aston­ish­ing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother Gary (Corddry), head of mis­sion con­trol at BASA.

When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Alba) informs the broth­ers of an SOS from a noto­ri­ously dan­ger­ous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warn­ings and bounds off for yet another excit­ing mis­sion. But when Scorch finds him­self caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (Gan­dolfini), it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real res­cu­ing. As the inter­plan­e­tary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Parker) and their adventure-hungry son Kip!

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