Ian McKellen (“The Lord of the Rings,” “X-Men,” The Da Vinci Code) has signed on to voice the narrator role in Matthew Vaughn’s romantic fantasy Stardust for Paramount Pictures, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which boasts a cast including Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Charlie Cox, wrapped production in the fall. McKellen is recording his part during postproduction before the film’s July 27 release date.
Stardust, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, centers on a young man who promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the Faerie realm, where he encounters witches, goblins, gnomes, talking animals and evil trees.
Gaiman’s fairy tale debuted in 1997 as a four-issue DC Comics miniseries with illustrations by Charles Vess. It was published as a single book the following year.