First Look at Zack Snyder’s ‘Legend of the Guardians’

Deborra-Lee Furness plays Barran, the queen of the great tree, a source of knowledge for the noble owls of Ga’Hoole.
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The photos in this post come from USA Today’s photo gallery featuring brand new images from Zack Snyder’s upcoming CG-animated film Legend of the Guardians (previously titled Guardians of Ga’Hoole), a film based on the first three books of Kathryn Lasky’s series, which follows Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl who is kidnapped by the owls of the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, or St. Aggie’s. The academy is supposed to be an orphanage, but instead it brainwashes its pupils into becoming soldiers who will ultimately clash with the wise, peaceful owls of Ga’Hoole.

Along with the images USA Today also posted a feature article where Snyder describes his approach to the film and says instead of what he did with 300, Watchmen and Dawn of the Dead he wanted something “not as hardcore. We wanted a beautiful, computer-generated, 3-D world the kids had never seen before,” he said.

I have included all of the images in this post, but the gallery at USA Today also contains quotes from Snyder accompanying each image here discussing his approach to the characters. You can also read the full feature article right here.

Legend of the Guardians hits theaters on September 24, 2010.

Richard Roxburgh plays Boron, center-left, the kindly King of Ga’Hoole.
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Noctus, who is father to main hero Soren, is voiced by Hugo Weaving.
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Helen Mirren voices Nyra, an evil queen of the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, where the birds are actually brainwashed into becoming soldiers.
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Emilie de Ravin plays Eglantine, left, a good friend of Soren, center, and a member of the owls’ search-and-rescue team. Jim Sturgess plays Soren, while Ryan Kwanten provides the voice for Kludd, right, Soren’s jealous brother.
Photo: Warner Bros.

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