17/06/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Actors Nicolas Cage and Donald Sutherland will be joining join Freddie Highmore, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy to voice various roles in the CGI animated movie based on the classic Astro Boy manga.
Slated for worldwide theatrical release in 2009, Astro Boy will feature the voices of Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role. David Bowers is directing Astro Boy from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris, with Maryann Garger producing.
Astro Boy was created by the Japan's Osamu Tezuka in the early 1950s. Set in futuristic Metro City, Imagi Studios' Astro Boy is about a young robot with super-powers created by a scientist to replace the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving father's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the man who had rejected him.
"We are pleased to join with Imagi Studios in bringing the exceptional world of Astro Boy to both existing and a new generation of fans alike," said Friedman to SFcrowsnest.com. "The team at Imagi Studios is capturing the spirit of this popular post-modern franchise by doing great things with the story, characters and animation. Astro Boy promises to be an excellent addition to our existing slate of family films."
Glen added, "Astro Boy has been one of the world's best-known and most loved superheroes for more than fifty years. We are pleased to partner with Summit to deliver Astro Boy's first CGI feature film to worldwide audiences on a grand scale. Imagi and Summit are a great fit, with high energy, entrepreneurial cultures and a vision of building movie-driven global brands."
Astro Boy will follow the August 8th 2008 release of the 3D animation, Fly Me to the Moon.
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