Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment have announced two new cast members to their upcoming animated comedy ”Sing”. Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson join Matthew McConaughey as the voice talent for the film that is due for release in 2016.
”Sing’‘ focuses on a Koala named Buster(McConaughey, known for ”Interstellar”, ”Dallas Buyers Club”) who tries to drum up competition for his theatre by involving his best friend in organising a singing competition. Buster has fallen on hard times and is trying to redeem himself by organising the worlds biggest singing competition.
Contestants include a mouse (Seth MacFarlane, known for ”Family Guy”, ”Ted”), a shy teenage elephant (Tori Kelly), a stressed out mother with too many piglets to care for (Reese Witherspoon, known for ”Legally Blonde”), a gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton, known for ”Kingsmen: The Secret Service”, ”Legend”), and a porcupine with attitude (Scarlett Johansson, Lucy, The Avengers). The film will also involve the voice talents of John C Reilly (Wreck It Ralph, Step Brothers) and Jon Robert Hall (Glee).
”Sing” is to be directed by Garth Jennings who is known for ”Son of Rambow ”and ”Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, as well as being known for producing music videos for R.E.M and Blur, which bodes well for a film about music. Animation producer Janet Healy is on board, known for ”Minions”, ”Despicable Me”, ”Despicable Me 2” and ”The Lorax”. Healy is teaming up with Christopher Meledandri, having worked together on ”Minions”, ”Despicable Me”, ”Despicable Me 2” and ”The Lorax”, Meledandri is also known for his work on ”Robots”, ”The Secret Life Of Pets” and ”Ice Age: The Meltdown”.
The film comes with a wealth of animation experience and an established production team which brings with it a confidence that ”Sing” will be a treat for audiences. With 85 songs as part of the film, it will be a wonder how any dialogue is fitted in. Illumination Entertainment have displayed their animation pedigree this year making $1.15 billion with ”Minions” and there is anticipation around their upcoming film ”The Secret Life of Pets”.
”Sing” is currently set for release on the 21st December 2016.