Ryan Reynolds leads race for DreamWorks’ “Turbo”

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Turbo: Go For It!

Turbo: Go For It!

Ryan Reynolds will lead an all-star cast includ­ing Paul Gia­matti, Michael Pena, Luis Guz­man, Bill Hader, Richard Jenk­ins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurt­wood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jack­son in Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG’s upcom­ing orig­i­nal film Turbo, the com­pany announced Friday.

Turbo tells the story of an ordi­nary gar­den snail with dreams of rac­ing great­ness. The film is sched­uled to come to the big screen on July 19, 2013.

Ryan Reynolds’ infec­tious enthu­si­asm and humor will bring life to the lead role of Turbo and set the tone for this amaz­ing ros­ter of all-star voice tal­ent,” said Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion chief cre­ative offi­cer Bill Dam­aschke. “This high-octane jour­ney will take audi­ences on the race of their lives and com­pletely re-define the tra­di­tional notion of mov­ing at a snail’s pace!”

David Soren (Merry Mada­gas­car), a DWA vet­eran as a story artist, voice actor and direc­tor, is set to direct the film based on his own orig­i­nal con­cept. Soren is co-writing the script with Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) and Dar­ren Lemke (Shrek For­ever After). Lisa Stew­art (Mon­sters vs. Aliens, Almost Famous) is pro­duc­ing with Susan Rogers serv­ing as co-producer.

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the great­est racer in the world, just like his hero, five-time Indi­anapo­lis 500 champ Guy Gagne. His obses­sion with speed and all things fast has made him an odd­ity and out­sider in the slow and cau­tious snail com­mu­nity, and a con­stant embar­rass­ment to his care­ful older brother Chet.

Turbo des­per­ately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s liv­ing. As luck would have it, he gets that chance one fate­ful day after a freak acci­dent when he sud­denly finds him­self vested with the power of incred­i­ble speed. He embarks on an extra­or­di­nary jour­ney to achieve the impos­si­ble: rac­ing against the best that Indy­Car has to offer. Turbo is the ulti­mate under­dog who achieves the impos­si­ble by refus­ing to let his lim­i­ta­tions get in the way of his dreams.

Dream­Works Animation’s Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the great­est racer in the world.

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