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"Guardians of Ga'Hoole," director Zack Snyder's owl-centric animated film, is taking wing, lining up a voice cast headed by Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Rachael Taylor and David Wenhem.

Based on the children's book series by Kathryn Lasky, the film, which is shooting in Australia, follows a young barn owl and his friends as they join forces with the mythical Guardians of Ga'Hoole, owl protectors, to save the owl kingdom from rogue elements.

Sturgess, repped by ICM, has starred in "Across the Universe" and "21." Repped by CAA, Rush most recently appeared in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." Taylor, repped by Endeavor, has appeared in "Transformers" and "Bottle Shock." Wenham, also repped by Endeavor, worked with Snyder in "300" and appeared in the recent "Australia."

Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. are producing with Animal Logic, which also worked with Roadshow and Warners on the dancing-penguin movie "Happy Feet." Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian is producing, with Donald De Line, Deborah Snyder, Lionel Wigram, Bruce Berman and Dana Goldberg as exec producers. (partialdiff)
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