Samberg leads 'Space Chimps' cast

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NEW YORK -- Andy Samberg, Jeff Daniels, Kenan Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Patrick Warburton will voice characters in the CG-animated comedy "Space Chimps," a Vanguard Animation and Starz Media production for 20th Century Fox.

Barry Sonnenfeld, a creative consultant on the film since production began last fall, has joined Vanguard CEO John Williams as a producer on the film. Eurythmics' Dave Stewart will compose the score, with additional music and sound design composed by the performance artists Blue Man Group. Cheryl Hines and Kristin Chenoweth also will voice roles.

Samberg will play Ham III, the ne'er-do-well grandson of the first chimp astronaut sent into space (loosely based on NASA's real-life space chimp Ham). Seeking to capitalize on the Ham family name, a senator (Tucci) recruits Ham III to travel through a black hole to a planet where he and his simian colleagues (Hines, Warburton) help rid the local aliens of an evil leader (Daniels). Chenoweth will play a helpful alien, and Thompson will play Ham III's mentor.

The film is written and directed by Kirk DeMicco ("Racing Stripes") and produced in association with Odyssey Entertainment, which will rep international sales. The film is scheduled for release next year.

Sonnenfeld's productions include "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Out of Sight," and his directing credits include the "Addams Family" and "Men in Black" films.

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Samberg will be seen in the upcoming "Hot Rod." Fellow "SNL" star Thompson played the title role in "Fat Albert" and appears in the upcoming "Weiners." Daniels recently starred in "The Lookout" and "The Squid and the Whale." Tucci appeared in "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Hoax." Warburton, best known for his role on "Seinfeld," also has voiced characters in "Family Guy" and the upcoming "Bee Movie."

Samberg is repped by UTA and Mosaic Media Group. Thompson is repped by Endeavor and the Collective. Daniels is repped by ICM. Tucci is repped by CAA. Warburton is repped by Paradigm and Dolores Robinson Entertainment.
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