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Comedian Dane Cook has been tapped to lead the voice cast for Planes, a Cars spin-off that Disney is releasing in August.
According to ComingSoon.net, the film is being directed by Klay Hall, who said that Cook “brings unmatched charisma and brilliant comedic timing and instincts to the character” of Dusty.
Dusty is the plane at the center of the story. He isn’t built for racing, but that is exactly what he dreams to do. Dusty sets out to accomplish his dream, proving that there are no dreams are too out of reach.
Planes was first planned to be a DisneyToons direct-to-video release, but in December, the studio changed its mind, scheduling it for an Aug. 9 release. It will be released in 3D. It is one of ten movies the studio will release in 2013.
Two and a Half Men actor Jon Cryer was once attached to star, but he dropped out during production early. Disney hasn’t announced his co-stars.
Pixar’s John Lasseter is executive producing the film, while Traci Balthazor-Flynn is the producer.
Cook is best known for his stand-up, but has appeared in films like Waiting..., Mr. Brooks and Dan in Real Life. He has signed an overall deal to work with NBC and Universal TV, but his first project, Next Caller, was cancelled before it aired. The network produced six episodes for midseason, but none aired.
Planes is the latest addition to the Cars franchise, following 2011’s Cars 2.