Pixar announces first female director

Brenda Chapman will also write animated film

Pixar has named its first female director, Brenda Chapman, who will also write the animated film, Brave.

Voicing characters in the movie, which is Pixar's 13th: Reese Witherspoon,  Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters.

Disney says the flick, which was previously titled "The Bear and the Bow," is about a tomboyish royal named Merida who would rather focus on archery. After getting into a fight with her mom, she makes a reckless choice that has serious consequences to her father's kingdom, putting all their lives in peril.

It will be produced by Katherine Sarafian and is slated to be released on June 15, 2012.