DreamWorks Animation announced today that Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds will both star in its pre-historic themed 3D CG animated comedy adventure The Croods, Cage will play the leader and protector of his family, and Reynolds will portray an outsider whose new ideas challenge the patriarch’s authority.
“We are thrilled that Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds are lending their considerable talents to ‘The Croods’ and know that they will both bring a perfect blend of humor, enthusiasm and emotion to their lead roles,” said Bill Damaschke, Co-President of Production for DreamWorks Animation. “Our filmmakers are creating an amazing world that is full of fascinating characters, creatures and stunning environments that is truly unlike anything we’ve done before at DreamWorks Animation.”
The Croods is written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, upcoming How to Train Your Dragon) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) based on a screenplay originally developed by John Cleese & Kirk DeMicco and produced by Kristine Belson & Jane Hartwell. The Croods is set for release on March 30, 2012.
Surviving in a volcanic world is tough enough, but caveman Grug (Cage) gets a rude awakening when an earthquake forces him to leave behind the only world he knows. With his family in tow, he ventures out into the volatile world in search of a new home. The situation becomes even more complicated when Grug’s family – but in particular his eldest daughter – become smitten with a nomad (Reynolds) they encounter on their dangerous journey. This quirky, imaginative stranger’s search for ‘tomorrow’ is at odds with Grug’s reliance on the traditions of yesterday.