Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate and Bonnie Hunt are just a few of the actors in the cast list for Zootopia, Disney’s animal-only caper.
Idris Elba is quickly becoming one of the most animated actors in Hollywood. Seriously, he won’t stop being animated! After being cast as the terrifying tiger Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and a fish of some sort in Finding Dory – just guessing – what’s the next voice role for the Luther star? Well good news, it’s another animal. No, this isn’t a long-winded pun around Beasts of no Nation, it’s about Zootopia – a pun in its own right.
According to Deadline the news is that Elba is one of many actors to be named in the cast of Zootopia (or Zootropolis in the UK). Disney have released a list of the cast in their upcoming project that sees a metropolis filled with different species coexisting. The focus of the plot is the game of cat and mouse between Officer Judy Hopps and scam artist Nick Wilde. Ginnifer Goodwin voices Hopps, a rabbit, while Jason Bateman stars as Wilde, a fox. Disney were also kind enough to include a short summary for each actor’s character. So what am I doing writing this off my own back? Let’s go straight to the pre-prepared press release!
Idris Elba as Chief Bogo, head of the Zootopia Police Department. A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootopia’s first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants and hippos.
J.K. Simmons as Mayor Leodore Lionheart, the noble leader of Zootopia, who coined the city’s mantra that Judy Hopps lives by: “In Zootopia, anyone can be anything.”
Nate Torrence as the Zootopia Police Department’s most charming cheetah, Benjamin Clawhauser. He loves two things: pop star Gazelle and donuts. From his reception desk, he greets everyone with a warm smile and a helpful paw—covered in sprinkles.
Jenny Slate as Assistant MAYOR Bellwether, a sweet sheep with a little voice and a lot of wool, who constantly finds herself under foot of the larger-than-life Mayor Lionheart.
Tommy Chong as Yax the Yak, the most enlightened, laid-back bovine in Zootopia. When Judy Hopps is on a case, Yax is full of revealing insights.
Octavia Spencer as Mrs. Otterron, a desperate otter who turns to Officer Judy Hopps for help in solving her husband’s mysterious disappearance.
Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Hopps, mother of Judy—and her 275 brothers and sisters. Mrs. Hopps loves and supports her daughter, but is a hare nervous about Judy moving to Zootopia to become a big-city police officer.
Raymond Persi as Flash, the fastest sloth working at the DMV — the Department of Mammal Vehicles.
Don Lake as Judy’s father, Stu Hopps, a carrot farmer from Bunnyburrow. Along with Mrs. Hopps, he is worried about Judy moving to Zootopia and the untrustworthy big-city mammals who live there—especially foxes.
Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton, a small-time weasel crook with a big-time weasel mouth, who tries to give Judy the slip during a police chase.
Tommy “Tiny” Lister as Finnick, a fennec fox with a big chip on his adorable shoulder.
Katie Lowes as Dr. Madge Honey Badger, who heads up all of City Hall’s most pressing medical cases.
Jesse Corti as the jaguar Manchas, a highly regarded chauffeur who works for the biggest—and shadiest—limo company in town.
John DiMaggio as Jerry Jumbeaux Jr., the easily annoyed owner of Jumbeaux’s Café, his elephant ice cream parlor.
Zootopia hits theatres on March 4th 2016.
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