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The best way to get your animated film made is to sign on as many Hollywood stars as possible to voice your characters. There’s nothing to suggest that the trend will stop anytime soon. The Nut Job already has a full roster of stars lending their voices, but now you can add Liam Neeson to the list.
Neeson joins Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and comedian Jeff Dunham in the film, which is being made by ToonBox Entertainment and Redrover Co. This is the first film for Canadian studio ToonBox and the two companies are completely financing the project with partners, notes The Wrap.
“Having the distinguished Liam Neeson lend his talents as the Raccoon villain is the perfect finishing touch,” director Peter Lepeniotis said. “His contribution fulfills that dramatic need in our comedy adventure. It's an honor working with him.”
This is Lepeniotis’s feature debut. He previously worked on Toy Story 2 and Fantasia 2000. According to Deadline, Lorne Cameron wrote the script, which is based on Lepeniotis’s 2005 short, Surly Squirrel.
Warner Bros.’ Gulfstream Pictures is co-producing with ToonBox and Redrover Co. Production is already underway with hopes for a 2013 release.
Neeson is also voicing a character in Lego: The Piece of Resistance. He was recently seen in Taken 2 and co-stars with Julianne Moore in Non-Stop.