Walt Disney Pictures announced today that comedian Dane Cook will be providing the voice of Dusty, “a plane with high hopes,” in their animated Cars spin-off Disney’s Planes, scheduled for release on August 9.
Directed by Disneytoon Studios vet Klay Hall, the 3D animated comedy adventure follows Dusty as he tries to achieve his dream of competing as a high-flying air racer despite his fear of heights.
Cook is best known for his distinctive style of edgy comedy but he made the move to acting with films like Waiting…, Mr. Brooks, Good Luck Chuck and My Best Friend’s Girl.
You can see a production still of the character Cook is voicing and read the full press release below.
Dane Cook has been tapped to voice the lead character Dusty, a plane with high hopes in Disneys Planes. Inspired by the world of Cars and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (King of the Hill, The Simpsons), Disneys Planes is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dustys dream of competing as a high-flying air racerand his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. The film takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013.
Dane Cook brings unmatched charisma and brilliant comedic timing and instincts to the character, said Hall. He gives Dusty a great edge.
Cook is well known for his appearances on Comedy Central and HBO specials, and for his successful comedy albums. He recently guest starred on Louie opposite Louie C.K., and his film credits include starring roles in a host of films, including My Best Friends Girl opposite Kate Hudson, Dan In Real Life opposite Steve Carell, and Mr. Brooks opposite Kevin Costner. The actor/comedian just signed a deal with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television to develop a new project starring Cook.
The all-new story offers an exciting cast of characters and centers on Dustys high-flying dream. But Dustys not exactly built for racing, so he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dustys courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. The film is produced by Traci Balthazor-Flynn and executive produced by John Lasseter. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures.
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