Having already accumulated quite a lengthy animation resume through countless episodes of Family Guy, Mila Kunis‘ latest job can’t be too much of a creative stretch. As Deadline reports, she’s climbed aboard the stop-motion animated Hell & Back, joining a group that already consists of T.J. Miller, Nick Swardson, Brian Posehn, Rob Riggle, and Kumail Nanjiani.
Centered on “two guys (Miller and Swardson) who must rescue their friend after he’s dragged into hell,” Hell & Back will have Kunis voicing “a [half-human] female demon whose ability to navigate the underworld makes her the toughest rogue demon in Hell.” (Her birth can be accounted for an instance in which “Orpheus of myth traveled down the River Styx, nailing everything in sight.”) Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman are currently shooting (or whatever you would call the process), with a 2013 release expected.
There’s another, much more crowded story from Deadline, wherein we learn that Oscar nominee Stacy Sherman has compiled a nearly-full lineup for her feature debut, the Billy Ray-produced Claire’s Cambodia. Said lineup holds Sarah Paulson (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Mary Kay Place (Big Love), Mamie Gummer (Taking Woodstock), India Menuez (Olivier Assayas‘ Something In The Air), Joe Lo Truglio (Wanderlust), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings).
Having also been written by Sherman, Cambodia follows “three sisters whose estrangement, resentment and envy of one another is barely dented by the news that their father is terminally ill.” Should that come across as a little standard for your tastes, you might be interested to know that the helmer will utilize Los Angeles’ varied geography to “characterize the sisters’ differences [...] in a comedic way.” That’s great and all, but I think I’d find myself more concerned with how her screenplay turns out for the time being. Right now, the strong cast and support from Billy Ray bear enough potential for me to not immediately shut this out.
Could Kunis lend anything special to Hell & Back? Has Claire’s Cambodia shown any promise this early on?
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