Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Voice Jack Frost in The Guardians
by Ethan Anderton
December 3, 2009
Though Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in more than his fair share of diverse and unique films, the actor has never before been cast in an animated movie. However, all that changes as DreamWorks Animation has officially announced that he is the first actor to join the voice cast of the recently announced movie The Guardians, which focuses on an Avengers-like assembly of imaginary icons like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny who protect children from the forces of evil. DiCaprio will voice Jack Frost (as seen above) who truly looks like him if he were thrown into an animated winter Tim Burton-esque universe. Read on for the plot.
The film, which isn't due out until 2012, is based on a series of highly anticipated yet-to-be published books written by William Joyce. Here's the skinny on the story that we'll see play out over the course of the movie:
"When an evil spirit called Pitch becomes bent upon taking over the world by inspiring fear in the hearts of kids everywhere, a group of our greatest heroes—Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost—band together for the first time, determined to stand in Pitch's way. More than a collection of storybook subjects, 'The Guardians' are also a band of superheroes, who possess their own special powers. Now joined in opposition of a common foe, the Guardians heed the call and combine their powers to defeat Pitch and protect the world from his campaign of fear.
Despite DreamWorks Animation's recent track record of sub-par computer animated films, I have to say that I'm pretty stoked about this one. The fact that they're taking familiar childhood icons and turning them into superheroes is quite interesting, to say the least, and I can't wait to see how it turns out. DreamWorks also has to cast the voices of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and plenty of other characters, so I'm sure we'll see more announcements over time for the voice cast in this movie. Will they be aiming to attach a handful of other actors who haven't done animation yet? We'll see soon enough!