|Charissa Echavez |||Jul 10, 2016 02:48 PM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) Jackie Chan poses for a picture on the red carpet at The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival in Shanghai, China.
Kung Fu master Jackie Chan is set to join the cast of The Nut Job 2, the sequel to the indie animated hit that is set to hit theaters on May 19 next year.
Open Roads Film officially announced on Tuesday that Chan would voice over Mr. Feng, the leader of the city mice gang, in The Nut Job 2. Although Mr. Feng appears to be cute and adorable, he is a fierce Kung Fu master who is determined to protect his territory against trespassers.
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"We're happy to announce the addition of Jackie Chan to the cast of 'The Nut Job 2," Director Cal Brunker said. "Jackie brings a unique voice to our movie, and it's a real joy to be working with such a talented, award-winning actor and cultural icon."
Chan, who is well-known for his comedy mixed with action movies, has been in over 100 films in his entire five-decade career. He has also voiced over his own animated series entitled Jackie Chan Adventures from 2002 to 2008, the 1998 Disney movie Mulan, and the three installments of Kung Fu Panda in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
The Nut Job 2 is the follow-up of the highly successful 2014 animated family film The Nut Job, which attained the highest box office opening ever for an independent, animated film, according to Coming Soon. It also surpassed $120 million at the global box office.
Other stars joining the production team are Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, and Maya Rudolph. The film will be directed by Cal Brunker and written by Scott Bindley, Bob Barlen, and Car Brunker. The movie's producers include ToonBox Entertainment, Gulfstream Pictures, Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co., and Redrover Co Ltd.
Check out the trailer below.
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