Kate Hudson will make her animation debut as a member of the voice cast of DreamWorks Animation fantasy feature film Me and My Shadow.
Also signed are The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad and Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader. The studio has scheduled a November 13, 2013 release date.
Alessandro Carloni will make his directorial debut with the movie, which is being produced by Melissa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda 2). Carloni was head of story on DWA’s Oscar-nominated How To Train Your Dragon (2010).
In the movie, Hader portrays Stan, an extremely frustrated shadow who yearns for a dynamic life, but happens to be stuck with timid Stanley Grubb (Gad), the world’s most boring human. Finally pushed to the brink, Shadow Stan breaks the singular rule of the Shadow World — “They lead, we follow” — and takes control of Stanley!
Hudson will voice Grubb’s possible love interest in the real world.
Conceived in-house as an original film, the movie will combine CG and traditional animation (the shadow world is hand-drawn; the human world is CG).
Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember are writing the story based on an original draft from Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman. Jeff Hermann (Kung Fu Panda 2) is the co-producer.
Mark Dindal (2000’s The Emperor’s New Groove) was previously set as the director.
Gad is doing voice work in Ice Age: Continental Drift, set for release July 12. Hader has been a voice actor in the 2009 animated feature films Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballsand Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs.