Drew Barrymore makes a run for the “Border.” Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal succumb to “Blindness.” And, things are looking “Up” for Pixar. It’s all in today’s Access Hollywood Casting Call?
Drew Barrymore has signed on as the lead voice in Disney’s “South of the Border,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The live-action feature (a la “Racing Stripes,” “Charlotte’s Web) follows the adventures of a small pampered Chihuahua from Beverly Hills named Chloe (Barrymore), who gets lost in Mexico while accompanying her owner on vacation.
Also lending their voices to the project are Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek, George Lopez, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos and more.
With the help of her friends, Chloe must figure out a way to get her back home.
Garcia plays a German shepherd who was kicked off the police force because he lost his sense of smell and has now given up on life while Hayek is Chloe’s spirit guide who helps her find her true heritage.
Lopez is Papi, a macho romantic Chihuahua who will do anything for the love of Chloe and Piper Perabo was cast as Chloe’s human owner searching for her lost pet.
Real-life husband and wife Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany will share the big screen in “Born,” per Variety.
The psychological thriller follows a couple who settle down in a quiet English town to raise a family. However, their perfect life is shaken when the husband, who works as a clay animation artist, discovers his characters are acting out a nightmare that comes to life.
“Born” will be executive produced by master of terror Clive Barker (“Hellraiser,” “Candyman”).
Shooting is slated to begin in August in England.
Connelly will next be seen on the big screen opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo in the dramatic thriller “Reservation Road.”
Forget the kids. Disney’s Pixar is skewing a bit older with its next animated feature.
Pixar announced its 2009 release will be “Up,” about a 70-year-old man who teams with a wilderness ranger to fight beasts and villains, reports Variety.
“Up” will be directed by “Monsters, Inc.” helmer Pete Docter.
The announcement of “Up” officially fills up Pixar’s slate for the next three years. The toon studio is releasing “Ratatouille” later this month, “Wall*E” next summer, “Up” in 2009 and the previously announced “Toy Story 3” in summer 2010.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Danny Glover are joining Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo in the apocalyptic drama “Blindness,” per the Hollywood Reporter.
Based on Jose Saramago’s acclaimed novel, the story is set in motion when an epidemic of blindness sweeps through a contemporary city and pushes society to the brink of breakdown.
Bernal will play the King of Ward 3, and Glover will narrate the story.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in early July in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Toronto.
Bernal, whose recent credits include “Babel” and “The King,” recently made his directorial debut with the Spanish-language “Deficit.”
Glover, whose acting credits include “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Beloved” and the “Lethal Weapon” films, next will helm the historical drama “Toussaint,” based on the life of Haitian rebel Toussaint L’Ouverture.
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