Johnson, Biel, Scott, Long in for 'Planet'


NEW YORK -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jessica Biel, Seann William Scott and Justin Long will voice lead characters in the CG-animated sci-fi film "Planet 51" for New Line.

The film revolves around a group of residents on the eponymous planet who fear an alien invasion. Johnson will play astronaut Capt. Charles "Chuck" Baker, who arrives from Earth and confirms their worst fears. He's forced to avoid capture so he can find his spaceship and return home.

Long will voice Lem, the local who Chuck befriends. Biel will voice Neera, the film's female protagonist and Lem's love interest. Scott will voice Lem's sidekick, Skiff.

New Line recently acquired North American rights to director Jorge Blanco's $60 million feature, written by Joe Stillman ("Shrek"). Ignacio Perez Dolset is producing the Ilion Animation Studios project from Handmade Films International. It marks the studio's first animated feature in its 40-year history.

Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez, who worked on the video game "Commandos" with Blanco, are co-directors.

New Line's Guy Stodel, Alexandra Rossi and Sejin Park will oversee the film for the studio.