Twentieth Century Fox Animation Announces RIO 2 Casting
Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:00pm EST
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Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg and the Rest of the Original Gang Are Back for
the Follow-up to the 2011 Animated Hit
An Exciting Lineup of Top Acting and Musical Talents Joins the 'RIO' Family
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
The starring voice cast of Twentieth Century Fox's 2011 animated smash RIO is
reuniting for the follow-up, RIO 2, and they are joined by a flock of top actors
and musical talents new to the franchise, it was announced today by Vanessa
Morrison, president of Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
The film is now in production at Blue Sky Studios. Twentieth Century Fox's
international rollout begins March 20, 2014, followed by its domestic release on
April 11, 2014.
Returning to RIO 2, a world rich with grandeur, character, color and music are
Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George
Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, Jake T.
Austin, and Jamie Foxx.
Carlos Saldanha, who was inspired to create RIO based upon his experiences
growing up in that city, is back as director, as are producers John C. Donkin
and Bruce Anderson.
In RIO 2 we find Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated
life in that magical city. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live
like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to
fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the
call of the wild.
Joining the RIO 2 team are Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars,
Emmy/Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth, Oscar/Emmy/Tony/Grammy winner Rita Moreno,
"The Hunger Games'" Amandla Stenberg, singer/actress Rachel Crow, "Looper's"
Pierce Gagnon, and "Today" news anchor Natalie Morales.
Brazilian music legend and RIO executive music producer Sergio Mendes returns
along with composer John Powell. RIO 2 will feature new Brazilian artists and
original music by Janelle Monáe and The Wondaland Arts Society, who also voices
a role in the film. Soundtrack will be released on Atlantic Records.
Released worldwide in April 2011, RIO's global box office tally is $486 million.
It also was a huge hit on DVD and Blu-ray disc.
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