Number's up for six actors in Focus' '9'


NEW YORK -- Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly and Elijah Wood will voice the roles of rag dolls from a parallel universe in Focus Features' animated sci-fi feature "9."

The story is set in a postapocalyptic world where the dolls band together to survive. Wood leads the ragtag bunch as the film's title character. Each has a number for a name, including a warrior (Connelly), an artist (Glover), a war vet (Plummer), an inventor (Landau) and a mechanic (Reilly).

Director Shane Acker is expanding his Oscar-nominated 2005 short film with producers Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley.

"This exciting and thought-provoking story has already drawn a strong filmmaking team together to work with Shane in bringing his visionary fantasy world to life," Focus CEO James Schamus said. "These splendid actors will provide compelling characterizations to go with the visual brilliance."

Focus executive David Gerson is overseeing "9" for production president John Lyons. Focus is financing the feature and has worldwide rights. Pamela Pettler is scripting the project.

Connelly is repped by ICM. Plummer is repped by ICM and the Pitt Group. Reilly is repped by UTA, Framework Entertainment and Michael Gendler at Gendler & Kelly. Wood is repped by WMA and Neil Meyer at the law firm of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder. Glover is repped by APA. Landau is repped by TalentWorks.
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