The First Artwork From Pixar’s “Brave”

Entertainment Weekly has posted up some of the first concept art from “Brave”, Pixar’s 2012 release formerly titled “The Bear And The Bow”. The project marks Pixar’s first film with both a female lead and focus.

They’ve also released a cast list and synopsis for the film with the big news being that former lead Reese Witherspoon has been replaced by Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald who starred in the original “State of Play” UK mini-series and the recent first season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”. Here’s the breakdown and art:

“Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest – and serving as comic relief – are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).”