The line up of voice artists for Aardman’s upcoming feature film The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists has been announced. The new stop-motion, Plasticine / claymation animated film is being produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation.
Hugh Grant will voice the Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
The film is directed by Peter Lord who said, “Hugh Grant has given a stand-out performance – he combines an effortless on-screen warmth with brilliant comic timing. And as the leader of our motley pirate crew, he shows a real barnstorming, swashbuckling side of his character as well.”
Pirates illustrations copyright © 2011 Aardman Animations/Sony Pictures Animation.
The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists will be released March 30, 2012 in the UK.
More info from Aardman.
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