The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun, pop star Kelly Clarkson, Oprah Winfrey and Saturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant are among those lending their voices to The Star, Sony Pictures Animation’s animal take on the first Christmas.
Keegan-Michael Key, Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Ving Rhames, Delilah Rene, Kris Kristoferson, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan and Christopher Plummer are also in the large cast, which was announced as part of SPA’s presentation Wednesday.
Academy Award nominated Timothy Reckart is directing The Star, which has a story by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore, and screenplay by Kotkin. The movie is aiming for a Nov. 10, 2017, release.
Per SPA, The Star tells of “a small but brave donkey named Bo (who) yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told — the first Christmas.
Yeun is voicing the donkey, Bryant the sheep and Key the dove.
Plummer is King Herod, while Rodriguez and Levi are Mary and Joseph, respectively.
DeVon Franklin, who works on faith-centric films (such as Miracles From Heaven) is exec producing along with Lisa Henson and Brian Henson. Jenni Magee Cook is producing.