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Edward Norton, Bella Thorne, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park are joining The Weinstein Co.’s The Guardian Brothers.
The actors join the previously announced voice cast of Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman in the U.S. version of the animated movie. Initially distributed in China by Alibaba Pictures in early 2016 (under the original title The Little Door Gods), the film is being re-voiced in English by TWC.
Michael Lappin is the executive in charge of production at The Weinstein Company. TWC acquired worldwide rights, with the exception of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, for the film.
The original movie follows the comedic adventures of two “door guardians” — figures from Chinese folklore who protect the entranceway of one’s home — who are out of work because contemporary Chinese people are so busy with modern consumer life that they have forgotten about the spirit world.
Gary Wang wrote and directed The Little Door Gods, which was produced by Zhou Yu and Light Chaser Animation Studios. The film grossed $12 million during its China release in 2016.
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