Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt Join the Voice Cast of Oobermind

August 16, 2009


Back in June, we gave you a glimpse of the first photo from DreamWorks Animation's upcoming superhero satire Oobermind. At the time, Robert Downey, Jr. was slated to voice the role of the titular supervillain, but Variety now says otherwise. Will Ferrell has been set to replace Downey, and will be joined by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. The three male co-stars beef up a cast that previously only included Tina Fey, but now looks to be a force to be reckoned with. Oobermind sets out to answer a seemingly overlooked question in the comic book world: What would a supervillain do if he actually defeated his superhero arch nemesis?

When Oobermind (Ferrell) accidentally defeats his sworn enemy Metro Man (Pitt), he suddenly finds himself without purpose. In a desperate attempt to get back in the villain game Oobermind creates his own superhero, Titan (Hill) who turns out to be evil himself, forcing Oobermind to take up post as the resident superhero. A reporter (Fey) attempts to keep the public informed of the developing superhero conundrum.

Sounds like a fresh take on heroes and villains in an industry that has become overcrowded with comic book adaptations. But while DWA has certainly had their fair share of box office success, the quality of their stories and characters has never been very impressive (the exception, for me at least, being Kung Fu Panda). The first Shrek was fun, but it has since become a franchise that has run its course, and other attempts just don't measure up to the caliber of stories from Pixar. Either way, 2010 looks to be a busy year for DWA, who will also be releasing Shrek Forever After as well as How to Train Your Dragon on top of Oobermind.

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  • Paul
    "What would a supervillain do if he actually defeated his superhero arch nemesis? ... " Objection you honnor, this is actually the plot of "WANTED" in it's comic book version.
  • It was the time for wome changes in pictures around the superhero movies from Hollywood .
  • Hatori Hanzo
    I would be more interested in the answer if Brad Bird or Tim Burton were doing the movie instead of Dreamwork.
  • annonymous
    I am just not interested anymore. Wasn't Ben Stiller supposed to do a voice also? How can he produce something if he's not there? He's finishing up a movie now and beginning shooting The Little Fockers in Chicago. He also begins filming his new sitcom for Foxs' September television season. I think he's kinda got a few scheduling conflicts also. I was only interested because of Robert Downey Jr, Ben Stiller and Tina Fey getting together. That would have been great! RDJ probably does have scheduling conflicts with his new comedy, interviews for SH, and his wife has two movies coming out (and he's always at her premeires). Both guys sound too busy to voice the characters. I just can't stand Will Ferrell's voice, he goes right through me. He's just one person who should stay behind a camera. Well even the movie he directed - The Goods - isn't doing well at the theaters. Maybe he just needs to learn how to act or change his acting style. (I don't know.) Curious George bombed too. Dreamworks should have chosen a new lead more wisely, Will Ferrell will probably kill this one too.
  • Joe Ho
    If you want a super hero who defeats his arch nemesis watch Dr. Horrible!
  • SuicidalOptimist
    #5 I think I love you.
  • o
    #4 will ferrell didn't direct the goods.. #5 yes dr. horrible is amazing
  • Xerxex
    He's got a PhD in Horribleness.
  • Silver
    Dr. Horrible!!




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