Oscar nominee Edward Norton, comedian Jim Gaffigan, “Scream: The TV Series” star Bella Thorne, “Orange is the New Black” regular Mike Birbiglia and “The Interview” scene stealer Randall Park have joined the voice cast of “The Guardian Brothers” for The Weinstein Company.
They join a cast that already includes Nicole Kidman, Mel Brooks and Meryl Streep as the narrator. Initially distributed in China by Alibaba Pictures under the original title “The Little Door Gods,” the film is getting an English dub with this cast ahead of a release later this year.
Writer and director Gary Wang created the story which follows a Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business – a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down generation after generation and is now in the hands of a young girl Raindrop (Thorne) and her mother (Kidman).
At the same time in the Spirit World, we meet The Guardians – who have watched over and protected the humans on Earth for centuries. Two brother Guardians are forced to retire from the business they’ve loved since the beginning of time.
As Raindrop and her mom fend off a rival soup shop owner’s attempt to sabotage the family restaurant, the retired Guardian brothers find out and spring into action to help.
Harvey Weinstein says in a statement: “Animation is unique in that, the lessons and values that underline the stories transcend culture and language in truly universal ways. We’re thrilled to have such an incredibly talented cast of actors bring this story of acceptance and adapting to change to kids and families all over the world.”
Source: The Weinstein Company