It was previously revealed that Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming animated feature Zootopia will feature the voice of Jason Bateman as a scam artist fox named Nick Wilde. Today, Disney announces that the film has now cast Ginnifer Goodwin (“Once Upon a Time,” Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast) in the other leading role, that of the rabbit police officer Lt. Judy Hopps. What’s more, Disney has just revealed the film’s official logo! Check it out in the gallery viewer below.
In the film, the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with the fast-talking Wilde, to solve the mystery.
“We knew that ‘Zootopia’ would only succeed if we found the perfect actors to play our main characters,” explains director Byron Howard. “This rabbit- and fox-duo are in practically every scene in the film together. After meeting Ginnifer, we knew she embodied Hopps, the ultimate pure-of-heart, idealist bunny. You fall in love with her character instantly. And for Nick Wilde, our cynical con-artist fox, we only ever had one actor in mind, the incomparable Jason Bateman. Jason has a way of saying the most hilarious sarcastic things while always staying completely charming. We feel so fortunate to be working with both of them.”
The comedy-adventure is directed by Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph, “The Simpsons”) and is co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”).
Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.
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