George Clooney is in negotiations and Cate Blanchett is in talks to voice the lead characters in Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, says The Hollywood Reporter. The stop-motion film, marking Anderson’s first foray into animation, is expected to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Produced by Scott Rudin Productions, “Mr. Fox” is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story, centering on a clever fox who must outwit three mean, dimwitted farmers who try their hardest to hurt Mr. Fox and his family. Clooney would voice Mr. Fox, while Blanchett would voice his wife.
The movie is a reuniting of the actors, who recently worked together on Steven Soderbergh’s The Good German for Warner Bros. Pictures. Anderson will turn to “Mr. Fox” as his next project after he completes his current film, The Darjeeling Ltd., which he is editing in New York for Fox Searchlight. The production will be set up in London, in a fashion similar to that of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, which also used stop-motion animation.
Allison Abbate and Jeremy Dawson are producing.