Stars Lend Voices to Charlotte’s Web
Created 01/19/2005 - 00:00
files/pictures/picture-35.jpgKerner Ent. has announced that Academy Award-winner Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Cedric The Entertainer, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates, Thomas Haden Church and Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) have joined the voice cast of the upcoming live-action/photo real CG animated feature adaptation of E.B. White's CHARLOTTE'S WEB. Jordan Kerner is producing with Gary Winick directing. The film is co-production with Paramount Pictures, Walden Media and Nickelodeon Movies. The feature is scheduled to begin production on Jan. 31, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia.
Roberts will voice the lead role of spider Charlotte A. Cavatica, who goes out of her way to save Wilbur the pig's life by weaving miraculous words into her webs. Oprah Winfrey is Gussy the barn's maternal yet irreverent goose. John Cleese is Samuel the sheep. Steve Buscemi is the barn's sardonic Rat Templeton. Cedric The Entertainer will play opposite Oprah as the other Goose -- Golly. Reba McEntire and Kathy Bates will voice the barn's ironic cows; Betsy and Bitsy and Thomas Haden Church will voice Brooks, one of two dimwitted crows opposite Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) as Elwyn the other crow.
The critically acclaimed book written by award-winning author E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams is the best selling children's paperback of all time. To date the book has sold 45 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 23 languages since published in 1952.
Dakota Fanning is set to star as Fern from a screenplay by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick. Exec producing alongside Edgar Bronfman is Kerner Ent.s production topper, Paul Neesan and Nick Movies' Julia Pistor. Also exec producing is Bernie Williams. Walden Media's evp production, Alex Schwartz will oversee production for the company and Paramount production president Karen Rosenfelt will oversee production on behalf of the studio.