It was already announced that Dakota Fanning has been cast to star as Fern for the upcoming live-action/photo real CG animated feature adaptation of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web for Paramount Pictures, but what wasn’t known was who else would be joining the cast. Fortunately for you we have the list and it isn’t a short one.
Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Cedric The Entertainer, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates, Thomas Haden Church and Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) are all aboard with Gary Winick (13 Going on 30) at the helm.
The feature is scheduled to begin production on January 31st in Melbourne, Australia and finds Roberts in the lead role of Charlotte A. Cavatica, a spider and heroine of the book who goes out of her way to save Wilbur the pig’s life by weaving miraculous words into her webs.
Oprah Winfrey will voice Gussy, the barn’s maternal yet irreverent goose; John Cleese as Samuel the sheep; Steve Buscemi as the barn’s sardonic Rat Templeton. Cedric The Entertainer will play opposite Oprah as the other Goose – Golly. Reba McEntire and Kathy Bates will voice the barn’s ironic cows; Betsy and Bitsy and Thomas Haden Church will voice Brooks, one of two dimwitted crows opposite Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) as Elwyn the other crow.
Gary Winick will direct the film starring Dakota Fanning as Fern from a screenplay by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick.