Shannon, Piven in 'Igor' lab


Jeremy Piven and Molly Shannon are lending their voices to "Igor," the CG-animated comedy from Exodus Film Group.

"Igor" centers on a mad scientist's hunchbacked lab assistant Igor, who has big dreams of becoming a scientist and winning first place at the annual Evil Science Fair. It will be distributed domestically by the Weinstein Co., which also has secured rights in most foreign territories. Weinstein Co. will be selling "Igor" at next month's American Film Market.

Piven will voice the role of Dr. Schadenfreude, Igor's nemesis, with Shannon voicing Eva, a giant, indestructible monster invented by Igor. They join a cast that includes Steve Buscemi, John Cleese and Christian Slater.

Anthony Leondis is set to direct the screenplay by Chris McKenna ("American Dad"). Exodus president John D. Eraklis is producing along with Max Howard. Eric Robinson is overseeing on behalf of the Weinstein Co.

Piven, who is represented by WMA, is an Emmy winner for his role as Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage." He was among the voice cast of the animated summer hit "Cars."

Shannon, repped by ICM and a veteran of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," appeared in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and also appears in "Marie Antoinette," which opens Friday.