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Casting Watch: Franco, Bridges, McAdams, Cotillard and More Lined Up for Animated 'The Little Prince'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2013 at 1:38PM

James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti are all on board as voice actors for an animated feature version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 1943 classic novella "The Little Prince." Mark Osborne ("Kung Fu Panda") is set to helm.
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"The Little Prince"
"The Little Prince"

James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti are all on board as voice actors for an animated feature version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 1943 classic novella "The Little Prince." Mark Osborne ("Kung Fu Panda") is set to helm. 

No word yet on who will be adapting the script. The book centers on a pilot who crash-lands in the Sahara Desert, and encounters a young boy who has fallen to Earth via an asteroid. As the pilot works on his plane, the boy recounts stories from his otherworldy home where he is prince, including descriptions of gigantic baobab trees taking over the planet, and one of the most lovely, melancholy anecdotes of friendship with a fox who wishes to be tamed ("But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world").

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Bridges will voice the pilot, but no other specifics on casting. THR also speculates that Paramount, which produced Stanley Donen's 1974 live-action version of the film, will have a role in the new project's distribution.



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.