Gary Oldman Joins the Cast of DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda 2
by Ethan Anderton
May 21, 2010
After hearing that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman was polishing off the script for DreamWorks Animation's sequel Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, Heat Vision reports Gary Oldman (The Book of Eli, The Dark Knight) will join Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross and Dustin Hoffman for the action-packed follow-up. Though we heard the story follows Po and The Furious Five vanquishing a new weapon that threatens to destroy kung fu, Heat Vision says the story follows Po's search for other pandas and his run-in with a group of bandits. Maybe they're the ones with this weapon?
Anyway, Oldman will be voicing a character named Peacock who helps Po find the bandits but is more than he seems. More than likely, that means he'll become the story's villain. This isn't the first time Oldman has lent his voice to animation as the actor has also starred in Planet 51, A Christmas Carol (though that also involved performance capture in addition to his voicework) and even several video games like Call of Duty: World at War. The first Kung Fu Panda was one of those flukes that DreamWorks Animation has every few years where they make a film that's actually worth a damn. Obviously, they already met their quota with this year's surprise hit How to Train Your Dragon, but the new Megamind trailer confirms that they'll be back to pumping out shit right away. Hopefully this sequel will be as good as, if not better, than its predecessor.
Heard a rumor that Jean Claude Van Damme was also going to voice a character in Kung Fu Panda 2. Apparently the deal was sealed in Cannes. Don't know if it's actually confirmed though.
V on May 21, 2010
Gary Oldman is playing another villain? Shocking.
SlashBeast on May 21, 2010
Megamind looks great Ethan, but I do know what you mean about Dreamworks past track record....
peloquin on May 21, 2010
One hit might be a fluke...but two? Sounds like the start of a pattern. But then, even the "shit," as you put it, is good for a laugh now and then.
Frank N. Stein on May 21, 2010
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