'Trolls' Lands China Release Date Ahead of North America
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake lend their voices to the animated musical comedy.
DreamWorks Animation's upcoming Trolls has scored an official release date in China — Oct. 28 — one week before it opens in North America on Nov. 4 via distributor 20th Century Fox.
Directed by Mike Mitchell and co-directed by Walt Dohrn, the film will be distributed in China by Shanghai-based local joint venture Oriental DreamWorks.
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake lend their voices to the animated musical comedy. Timberlake voices Branch, a dark-haired recluse who keeps his distance from Kendrick's pink-haired Poppy, the leader of the Trolls troupe. After a slew of their tribe is stolen away, the two pair up for an adventure that sees them butting heads and, yes, making a cloud rain.
James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Jeffrey Tambor and Christina Baranski are also featured in the star-studded voice cast. The movie is produced by Gina Shay.
Oriental DreamWorks signed a Trolls merchandising deal for the China market with the state-backed film distributor China Film Co. in April.
DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 grossed $154.3 million of its $520 million worldwide total in China at the start of the year — slightly more than the $143.5 million the movie made in North America.
Other Hollywood titles coming to China soon include Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Jason Statham's Mechanic Resurrection, both on Oct. 21.