Stan Lee's 'Jumper' finds its voice
Natasha Henstridge set to play lead villain in projectStan Lee has nabbed Natasha Henstridge to voice the female lead in "Time Jumper," his newest comic invention.
The "digital comic book-style thriller," as Lee describes it, debuts Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego, where Lee will host a panel and showcase footage from the project. Disney's home entertainment division is distributing "Jumper" via cell phone and the Web in 10 serialized five- to eight-minute episodes to be released every two weeks through December.
" 'Time Jumper' is a little bit different than anything that I have done before," Lee said. "We think it is a brand new concept and something that could really be a winner."
"Jumper" follows Terry Dixon, a college student in possession of his late father's time-travel invention, the Articulus. After his brother goes missing, Dixon is recruited by H.U.N.T. (Heroes United, Noble and True), a secret crime-fighting unit that sends him through time to thwart Charity Vile, leader of the criminal cartel, C.U.L.T. (Council of Unstoppable, Lethal Terrorists).
Henstridge will voice Vyle, the story's villain. Lee cameos as Lee Excelsior, CEO of H.U.N.T.
Along with launching the first episode free Thursday, Disney will unleash a corresponding Web site (TimeJumperComics.com), an iPhone application and 99-cent episode downloads at the iTunes Store. The iPhone app will include the complete first episode; an image converter, which enables users to upload a picture and convert it into a comic book image with a dialogue bubble that can be e-mailed or posted to a social networking site; storyboard images; and a story synopsis read by Lee.
Henstridge, repped by Paradigm, Mosaic and Special Artists Agency, has starred in the features "The Whole Ten Yards," "Ghosts of Mars" and "Species" as well as the TV series "Eli Stone" and "Commander in Chief."