James Franco and Rachel McAdams have been cast in 'The Little Prince' (Photo: Getty)
Onyx Films has announced they’re making a new animated film version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic fable "The Little Prince."
Two Academy Award-winning actors have already been confirmed for the voice cast – Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") and Benicio Del Toro ("Traffic") – while a third, Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), is reported to be in talks with producers. James Franco, Paul Giamatti, and Rachel McAdams will also be voicing characters in the film.
Is Mackenzie Foy the voice for the little prince?
What's interesting is the additional casting of 12-year-old Mackenzie Foy (of the "Twilight" series). Will she be voicing the part of the beloved little prince? She seems a likely candidate.
First published in 1943, "The Little Prince" is a short French novel about a pilot stranded in the desert. The pilot happens upon a young boy, who fell to earth from a small asteroid that was his home. As the pilot and the "little prince" share stories, the boy tells him of the inhabitants of other asteroids he has visited, and the tales take the form of moral fables about various aspects of life. Since it first appeared, "The Little Prince" has sold over 140 million copies and has been translated into over 200 languages. While written in a manner easily understood by children, the story's insights have made it a favorite with grown ups as well, adding to its reputation as a 20th Century classic.
'The Little Prince' book cover
Producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam have secured director Mark Osborne for the upcoming project, best known for the 2008 hit "Kung Fu Panda."
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