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DreamWorks Nab Voice Actors For ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2,’ ‘Trolls’ & More

Written by on June 20, 2012 

If the star of my least-favorite TV show and one of modern music’s worst artists really need to converge, this is probably the best option. According to THR, Jim Parsons and Rihanna — the latter of whom, from what I’ve heard, was not all that terrible in Battleship — will be lending their voices to DreamWorks Animation’s Happy Smekday!, the studio’s CG take on Adam Rex‘s book, The True Meaning of Smekday.

We’re still in the early days on this one — a late 2014 release is currently on the docket, after all — but Matt Ember and Tom J. Astle (Get Smart) are already penning the script; Tim Johnson (Antz, Over the Hedge) will direct. In Smekday! (God, I hate that title), an alien race — whose invasion of Earth was part of an attempt to hide out — accidentally alert enemies of their location. The actual alien responsible for this mistake “is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl, embarking on a comical road-trip across a post-apocalyptic America and learning what it really means to be human.”

Cute enough, I suppose, and, thanks to the past few years of decent work, I’m not dissuaded by the DreamWorks credit, either. Sure, Parsons and Rihanna would, in any other case, be the sort of pairing I’d have to be paid to see, but just their voices should be easy to take — well, so long as the latter doesn’t sing.

Further down the DreamWorks path is news from Deadline, who report that Jason Schwartzman is up for the lead part in Trolls, a forthcoming effort based around the “Good Luck Trolls” line of dolls. There isn’t a good deal to report on in the meantime, other than the fact that, with a signed deal, he’d voice the film’s male star, Masklin; Chloe Moretz is also on board, while Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson LaBracio were originally tapped to do the script. What else can you even say? I found that his sanguine, measured vocal tones already worked wonders in Fantastic Mr. Fox, so this move would be just fine in my book.

Finally, Variety has learned that Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) will keep himself in the fantasy realm with How to Train Your Dragon 2, their hotly-anticipated follow-up to the 2010 smash. Dean DeBlois will direct the returning cast — Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson, T.J. Miller, and America Ferrera — in what’s only described as “the second act of a much larger story” where “the world just opens up and expands exponentially.” No, we haven’t been told what Mr. Jon Snow’s “villainous warrior” will do — probably nothing too bad, all things considered — but, if they keep the spirit of the first, it should be a lot of fun.

The film will open on June 20th, 2014.

Are all these projects shaping up well? What could each actor bring to the films at hand?

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