Zemeckis Chooses a Cast of Unknowns for Yellow Submarine
Yep, Robert Zemeckis is not giving up on motion capture yet, even though he damn well should. Did this guy even see Avatar? Anyway, Heat Vision announced the primary cast for his upcoming remake of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine for Disney. Cary Elwes (Saw, A Christmas Carol) will play George Harrison, Dean Lennox Kelly (BBC's "Robin Hood", ITV's "Collision") will play John Lennon, Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead, Couples Retreat) will play Paul McCartney, and Adam Campbell (Date Movie, Epic Movie, "Harper's Island") will play Ringo Starr. An odd cast of unknowns, but maybe that's for the better.
Despite casting these four actors to play the Beatles, they will not be singing or performing in the movie at all (just running around). Beatles tribute band Fab Four will instead be motion captured "as the ensemble for the musical performance sequences" (although I'm not exactly sure what that means). Even though real Beatles music will be used, "they won't actually be performing the 16 songs used in the movie." The original Yellow Submarine film from 1968 features a story where a soldier called Old Fred meets up with the Beatles and travels in a yellow submersible to Pepperland, encountering people like the music-hating Blue Meanies.
After being bored by A Christmas Carol, and being blown away by the visuals in Avatar, I think Zemeckis' motion capture movies are quickly become obsolete. I'm only excited because the original Yellow Submarine is super trippy and has a cool animation style, but I don't know if Zemeckis is planning to contemporize that style or try something new entirely. Either way, I am curious to see what he comes up with, but that's about it. He needs to give up on these mo-cap movies and move on to something else. As for the cast, I don't have much to say, but I'm glad he chose actors that fit the role rather than names from Hollywood. Thoughts?