Beautiful Concept Art and Voice Cast Revealed for Pixar's 'Brave' Film
Last April we found out that Pixar's 2012 summer film The Bear and the Bow would now simply be called Brave. Now EW has word on the voice cast for the animated feature and the big news is that Reese Witherspoon will no longer voice the lead character, a tomboyish princess named Merida. Instead it will be Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald ("Boardwalk Empire") lending her voice to the character. Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd and Craig Ferguson will also join her. In addition, we also have three pieces of beautiful concept art for the animated film which you can check out below.
Here's the concept art for Brave (courtesy of EW):
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).
Though last October brought news that Pixar's first female director Brenda Chapman (Prince of Egypt) may be taken off the project, apparently she will now have a co-director in Mark Andrews (who directed Pixar's animated short One Man Band). However, it's important to note that Andrews is no primarily responsible for finishing the film for its June 22, 2012 release, but Chapman's work wasn't going to be ignored. I suppose it's kind of worrisome to have a director lose a little control of a film like this, but I have full faith in Pixar. How about you?