Animated cast joins 'Alpha'

5:00 AM PST 04/02/2008 by Carolyn Giardina, AP

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Justin Long, Hayden Panettierre, Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Larry Miller and Dennis Hopper will lend their voices to "Alpha and Omega," a CG animated family feature that will be co-produced and co-financed by Lionsgate and Crest Animation Prods.

The project is part of a multi-picture partnership between Lionsgate and Crest.

Anthony Bell ("The Boondocks") and Ben Gluck ("Brother Bear 2") will direct from a script by Chris Denk, which is based on an original story by Steve Moore. "Alpha and Omega" follows two bickering wolves -- one a disciplined, Alpha-bred wolf (Panettiere) and the other a fun-loving, comical Omega wolf (Long) -- who are captured and taken thousands of miles from their home. Determined to rejoin their pack, the two mismatched wolves begin a dangerous trek across unfamiliar terrain, battling the odds, the elements, the bears and one another -- and finding love along the way.

Ken Katsumoto is producing for Lionsgate, and Richard Rich is producing for Crest. Executive producers are Noah Fogelson, CEO of Crest Animation Productions; Seemha Ramanna, managing director and co-founder of Crest Animation Studios; and A.K. Madhavan, CEO of Crest Animation Studios.

"Alpha and Omega" is currently in production, with preproduction and postproduction taking place in Los Angeles and key animation at Crest in India.

Lionsgate will distribute the film in North America and the U.K. Mandate International will launch international sales, excluding India, at the Festival de Cannes. A 2010 release is planned.

Long is repped by UTA, Panettierre by WMA and Brookside Artists Management, Ricci by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Glover by ICM and Jeff Morrone Management, Miller by Gersh and Brillstein, and Hopper by Special Artists Agency and the Collective.
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