The Weinstein Company’s animated redo of The Guardian Brothers has filled out its voice cast with Bella Thorne, Edward Norton, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park. That talented quintet now joins the previously announced Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman in the voice booth, according to Deadline.
Initially hatched as a Chinese animation titled The Little Door Gods, TWC landed international rights to the original movie in May of last year – barring China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau – and now plans to re-release the picture replete with English voice acting. Gary Wang is the writer-director behind the original release, who welcomed today’s casting announcement as so: “It’s thrilling and surreal to see the characters come alive again, changed and yet the same. We hope the audience around the world would enjoy the movie.”
Steeped in rich fantasy, The Little Door Gods follows a “Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business — a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down for hundreds of years. When grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of a little girl named Raindrop (Thorne) and her mother (Kidman). Millions of miles away in the Spirit World, we meet The Guardians — who have watched over and protected the humans on Earth for centuries. Times are tough and two brother Guardians are forced to retire from the business they’ve loved since the beginning of time.”
TWC is yet to confirm exactly when US moviegoers can expect Wang’s original fantasy adventure to make its way west in the form of The Guardian Brothers, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on the English-dubbed animation over the coming weeks and months.