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Monsters vs. Aliens shakes them actors out of the star tree

12/03/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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DreamWorks and Paramount have reported a monster all-star line-up for their animated Monsters vs. Aliens science fiction movie - the studio's first film produced in, cough, Ultimate 3-D technology. Why not Ultimate 3-D Brilliantly Fab SuperVision, guys? Monsters vs. Aliens, which is heading for a US release on March 27th 2009, is DreamWorks' take on the classic '50s sci-fi monster movies, mashed into an irreverent action comedy. Reese Witherspoon heads the cast. Ding dong.

The cast of Monsters vs. Aliens includes Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, Rendition) as Susan Murphy, a.k.a. Ginormica; Hugh 'Nobody loves me cos I is British' Laurie (TV's House, Stuart Little) as Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; Will Arnett (TV's Arrested Development, Blades of Glory) as The Missing Link; Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Superbad) as B.O.B.; Rainn Wilson (Juno, TV's The Office) as Gallaxhar; Stephen Colbert (TV's The Colbert Report, Bewitched) as The President of the United States;Kiefer Sutherland (TV's 24, Phone Booth) as General W.R. Monger; and Paul Rudd (Knocked Up, Night at the Museum) as Susan's boyfriend, Derek.

When California girl Susan Murphy is unexpectedly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk, she mysteriously grows to 49 feet, 11 inches tall and is instantly labeled a monster named Ginormica.

The military jumps into action, and she is captured and held in a secret government compound. The world learns that the military has been quietly rounding up other monsters over the years. This ragtag group consists of the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement time is cut short however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country.

As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger (on a desperate order from The President), the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction.

Monsters vs. Aliens is directed by Rob 'Shark Tale' Letterman and Conrad 'Shrek 2' Vernon, produced by Lisa Stewart (I Think I Love My Wife) and co-produced by Jill Hopper and Latifa Ouaou.

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