Blanchett, Clooney do 'Fox' trot


George Clooney is in negotiations and Cate Blanchett is in talks to voice the lead characters in Wes Anderson's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." The stop-motion film, marking Anderson's first foray into animation, is expected to be distributed by 20th Century Fox as a negative pickup.

Produced by Scott Rudin Prods., "Mr. Fox" is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's story, centering on a clever fox who must outwit three mean, dimwitted farmers who try their hardest to hurt Mr. Fox and his family. Clooney would voice Mr. Fox, while Blanchett would voice his wife.

The movie is a reuniting of the actors, who recently worked together on Steven Soderbergh's "The Good German" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Anderson will turn to "Mr. Fox" as his next project after he completes his current film, "The Darjeeling Ltd.," which he is editing in New York for Fox Searchlight. The production will be set up in London, in a fashion similar to that of "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," which also used stop-motion animation. Allison Abbate and Jeremy Dawson are producing.

Clooney is in production on "Leatherheads," which he is directing and starring in for Universal Pictures. He is represented by CAA and attorney Michael Adler.

Blanchett, who is nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Richard Eyre's "Notes on a Scandal," is in production on Paramount Pictures' "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" for director David Fincher. She is represented by CAA.