It’s been quite awhile since we heard about Zack Snyder’s forthcoming adaptation of the children’s book series Guardians of Ga’hoole. After the project was announced in early 2008, there was some minor casting news way back at the beginning of this year, but development has been pretty mute since then. Now THR’s Heat Vision adds a whole bunch of new cast members who will lend their voice to the 3D animated feature including Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix Trilogy) and David Wenham (300) as well as a handful of even more actors after the jump.
Also voicing characters will be Aussie actors Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Emilie de Ravin, and Jay Laga’aia, as well as English actors Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren and Jim Sturgess. This rather impressive voice cast will bring characters to life in the story of Soren (Sturgess), a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. After Soren is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie’s, a place where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers, he and his new friends escape to the island of Ga’Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie’s.
The first film will condense the first three books in the series, so if any are to follow, it’s safe to assume we won’t see 11 more films on the horizon. Of course if it turns out to be a success, it just might get milked for all its worth. The film is currently in post-production aiming to meet a release date in fall of 2010. Snyder’s live action films (300, Watchmen) have always had a certain unreal quality to them, so I think jumping into the animation world will suit him quite well. Consider me intrigued for the time being as we wait for more.