For his next film role, Outkast’s Andre 3000 has something to crow about — the rapper has joined a star-studded cast for a live-action/animated adaptation of “Charlotte’s Web,” where he’ll voice a dimwitted crow named Elwyn.
Andre’s compatriots in the film will include Julia Roberts as the spider Charlotte, who saves Wilbur the pig from being slaughtered by weaving messages about him into her web; and Dakota Fanning as Fern, the little girl who befriends them both. A slew of stars will voice the various farm animals, including Oprah Winfrey and Cedric the Entertainer as the geese Gussie and Golly, Kathy Bates and Reba McEntire as the cows Bitsy and Betsy, and John Cleese as Samuel the sheep. Thomas Haden Church will voice Brooks, another crow, while Steve Buscemi will voice the barn’s wise-cracking rat, Templeton. The role of Wilbur has not yet been cast.
E.B. White’s 1952 children’s book “Charlotte’s Web” was previously made into an animated film in 1973, but this film’s style of animation will be photo-real CG, a technique used for the “Babe” and “Stuart Little” films, which will make it appear as if the live-action animals are actually speaking. Gary Winick (“13 Going On 30”) has signed on to direct the picture, which will be jointly produced by Kerner Entertainment, Walden Media, Nick Films and Paramount. (MTV’s parent company, Viacom, also owns Nick Films and Paramount.)
“Charlotte’s Web” will begin production on January 31 in Melbourne, Australia.