'Rise of the Guardians' Lands Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman and More
by Ethan Anderton
January 27, 2011
Back in November of 2009 we found out that DreamWorks Animation was adapting the yet-to-be-published series of books The Guardians of Childhood written by author William Joyce. In addition, we got an official announcement that Leonardo DiCaprio would voice Jack Frost, one of the lead roles in the adaptation. However, today Variety has a cast list for the film that is now called Rise of the Guardians and has DiCaprio's role taken over by Chris Pine. In addition the voice talents of Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher are now on board this promising animated feature film adaptation.
The book series isn't due out until 2012 with the film being released on November 21st of that same year. However here's the official synopsis of this Avengers-like assembly of imaginary icons fighting to save the children of the world:
"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.
As we said, Pine is taking over the part of Jack Frost while Law has taken on the villainous role of Pitch (a character similar to the Boogeyman). Meanwhile, Jackman will voice Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Baldwin will voice North (Santa Claus) and Fisher rounds out the vocal talent as Tooth (the Tooth Fairy). If these names aren't enough to get you excited, Guillermo del Toro is executive producing this project with Peter Ramsey (who directed the Monsters vs. Aliens Halloween TV special) co-directing with the books' author William Joyce. All this work will be done from a script written by David Lindsay-Abaire, a Pulitzer Prize winning author who also scripted Robots and Inkheart. This project sounds absolutely incredible and I can't wait to see how it turns out. What do you think?