Armie Hammer, Christian Slater, Mayim Bialik, Teri Hatcher, Flea, Jim Belushi, Darren Criss, and Sean Astin Join Stan Lee as the voices of ‘Mighty 7.’
Creating a fervor among the comic book, sci-fi and gaming fans in attendance at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles this week, A Squared Entertainment, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Archie Comics unveiled the all-star cast of Stan Lee’s new comic book-based animated trilogy Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 (SLAM 7), starring the legendary Stan Lee himself.
The all-star cast includes Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, J. Edgar, Social Network) as Strong Arm, the superhero with super strength; Christian Slater (Breaking In, True Romance) as Lazer Lord, the superhero who hurls balls of laser energy; Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) as Lady Lightning who possesses super speed; Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) as Silver Skylark, the superhero who flies; Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Big Lebowski) as Roller Man, who rolls into a big ball and launches at high speed; Darren Criss (Glee) as Micro, who shrinks in size; and Sean Austin (The Lord of the Rings) as Kid Kinergy who’s superpower is telekinesis. Additional voices include Jim Belushi as Mr. Cross, the leader of a covert operations military division assigned to investigate UFO sightings; and Michael Ironside as Xanar, the leader of the warring aliens from the planet Taegon who enslave other planets and raid their natural resources.
The cast introduction included a sneak peak of the trailer for the upcoming movie trilogy and the official launch of the SLAM 7 dedicated website. The presentation was made by Stan Lee as both the creator of SLAM 7 and CCO of POW! Entertainment, and Andy Heyward, CEO of A Squared Entertainment.
“SLAM 7 is the first reality style comic books series and the first superhero project from Stan Lee Comics. We’re combining fantasy and reality, comedy and adventure for a superhero series unlike anything I’ve created before,” said Lee in his introduction of the cast. “These incredible actors have brought these alien superheroes to life even better than I could have imagined…if that’s even possible!”
Partnering with Archie Comics and A Squared Entertainment to create Stan Lee Comics is another exciting step for POW Entertainment and Stan Lee,” said Gill Champion President and CEO of POW! Entertainment. “SLAM 7 is a prime example of the type of premiere projects we are committed to developing, and we can’t wait to introduce this new content to the fans."
“Stan Lee is the superhero of all superheroes and we have been privileged to collaborate with him to create something entirely new, including giving Stan his first starring role ever,” said SLAM 7 Producer and A Squared Entertainment’s Heyward. “This is the first of several new and totally unique superhero properties we are creating with Stan under our new label, Stan Lee Comics. We’re looking forward to premiering this first movie on the Hub Network early next year.”
The SLAM 7 trilogy begins with three feature-length films, a monthly comic book and then an animated television series to debut in 2015. The Hub Network has the world premiere of all three movies starting with the first movie, Beginnings, in early 2014. Cinedigm will release a DVD and Digital release in the U.S. in summer 2014.
International distribution of the trilogy and the series outside of the U.S. is being handled by PGS Entertainment.
In a first for the iconic co-creator of some of the world’s most famous superheroes, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Thor, Daredevil, Iron Man and The Avengers, Stan Lee makes his animation film debut, giving voice to an animated version of himself in a starring role. In the story, Stan Lee is hired by Archie Comics to create a new group of superheroes. He finds himself stumped with writer’s block and heads to the desert to clear his mind. When seven aliens suddenly crash land near him and start demonstrating their various superpowers, he decides, “Perfect! They will be come my next superheroes!” But almost instantly, he realizes they are being chased by the military and aliens from their own planet, and he needs to act quickly. He makes the decision to have them move into his house in Malibu where he will teach them everything they need to know about being superheroes. Comedy and adventure ensue as the aliens try to adapt to life on earth, and their new roles as superheroes, all the while running for their lives!
Source: POW! Entertainment Inc.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.