Kirks & Vaders Voice “Quantum Quest”

Both the old and young incarnations of Captain Kirk and Darth Vader will headline the voice cast of Digimax’s $10 million 3-D animated film “Quantum Quest” reports Variety.

William Shatner, Chris Pine, James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen will lend their voices to the cast of the independently financed film, made in conjunction with NASA, which centers on Dave (Pine), a photon who lives in the sun and who is drawn into a galactic battle between the Core (Shatner) and the Void (Mark Hamill).

The project interweaves animated sequences rendered by Taiwanese-based animation house Digimax with actual space imagery captured from seven ongoing space missions. The film will take the audience to the outer planets and moons of the solar system.

Gestating since 1996, production could not begin until the Cassini/Huygens probe reached its target and sent back its discoveries which were released by NASA this year, enabling the film to proceed.

Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Peet, Jason Alexander, Sandra Oh, Abigail Breslin, Spencer Breslin and astronaut Neil Armstrong round out the voice cast.

Dan St. Pierre and Harry Kloor direct the project which will initially debut in IMAX in late 2009.