According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Rio' is the story of a bird with Olympic-sized dreams, a geeky macaw from Minnesota who leaves his small-town cage for the Brazilian city. It's been three weeks since Rio de Janeiro won its bid to host the Summer 2016 Olympics -- good timing for the long-in-development animated feature 'Rio,' from the makers of the 'Ice Age' movies. The cartoon, currently casting, is likely to feature the gold-medal voice talents of Anne Hathaway and Neil Patrick Harris.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Rio' is the story of a bird with Olympic-sized dreams, a geeky macaw from Minnesota who leaves his small-town cage for the Brazilian city.
It's the latest collaboration between Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox, whose previous projects have included the three 'Ice Age' movies and 'Horton Hears a Who.' Like this year's 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,' 'Rio' will be a 3D computer-animated movie.
Fox has not confirmed casting, but according to the Reporter, the studio is in negotiations with Hathaway and Harris for starring roles. Both stars have animation experience. Hathaway voiced the lead role of Red in 'Hoodwinked,' while Harris can currently be heard in theaters in 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.'
Two Rio-born talents are attached to the movie. One is director Carlos Saldanha, who directed all three 'Ice Age' hits. The other is actor Rodrigo Santoro, whose recent English-language movie successes (most notably, as King Xerxes in '300') haven't swayed him to leave his hometown for Hollywood. Like Hathaway and Harris, he has also voiced a CGI-critter: he's the Portuguese-dubbed voice of the title mouse in the Brazilian prints of the 'Stuart Little' movies.
'Rio' goes for the box office gold in theaters on April 8, 2011.