Oscar winner Anne Hathaway will return to voice Jewel the bird in the animated movie Rio 2.
She joins Jesse Eisenberg and the rest of the original voice crew for the follow-up to Twentieth Centry Fox’s 2011 hit film.
Voice actors include Jemaine Clement, Will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin and Jamie Foxx.
Hathaway picked up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Les Miserables last night.
Vanessa Morrison, president of Twentieth Century Fox Animation, announced the Rio 2 voice and music cast.
The film is now in production at Blue Sky Studios. Twentieth Century Fox’s international rollout begins March 20th, 2014, followed by its domestic release on April 11th, 2014.
Carlos Saldanha, who was inspired to create Rio based upon his experiences growing up in that city, is back as director, as are producers John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson.
Joining the RIO 2 team are Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Emmy/Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and more.
Brazilian music legend and Rio executive music producer Sergio Mendes returns along with composer John Powell.
Released worldwide in April 2011, Rio’s global box office tally stood at $486 million.
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