Twentieth Century Fox has today announced the full voice cast for their upcoming Rio 2
, set for release on April 11, 2014. 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 are all returning with new cast members set to include Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno, Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Crow, Pierce Gagnon and Natalie Morales.
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.
Brazilian music legend and Rio
executive music producer Sergio Mendes also returns along with composer John Powell. Rio 2
will feature new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle MonŠe and The Wondaland Arts Society, who also voices a role in the film.