Academy Award®-winner Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Cedric The Entertainer, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates, Thomas Haden Church and Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) have joined the voice cast in the upcoming live-action/photo real CG animated feature adaptation of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web for producer Jordan Kerner and his Kerner Entertainment Banner. The film will be directed by Gary Winick (13 Goin On 30) and is a Paramount Pictures, Walden Media and Nickelodeon Movies co-production. The feature is scheduled to begin production on January 31st in Melbourne, Australia.
Roberts will lend her vocals in the lead role of Charlotte A. Cavatica, a spider and heroine of the book who goes out of her way to save Wilbur the pig's life by weaving miraculous words into her webs.
Also joining as cast voices for Charlotte's Web are Oprah Winfrey as Gussy the barn's maternal yet irreverent goose; John Cleese as Samuel the sheep; Steve Buscemi as the barn's sardonic Rat Templeton. Cedric The Entertainer will play opposite Oprah as the other Goose - Golly. Reba McEntireand Kathy Bates will voice the barn's ironic cows; Betsy and Bitsy and Thomas Haden Church (Golden Globe Nominee in "Sideways") will voice Brooks, one of two dimwitted crows opposite Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) as Elwyn the other crow.
The critically acclaimed book Charlotte's Web written by award-winning author E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams is the best selling children's paperback of all time. To date the book has sold 45 Million copies worldwide and has been translated into 23 languages since published in 1952.
Gary Winick will direct the film starring Dakota Fanning as Fern from a screenplay by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick. Executive Producing alongside Edgar Bronfman is Kerner Entertainment's production topper, Paul Neesan and Nick Movies' Julia Pistor. Also Executive Producing is Bernie Williams. Walden Media's EVP Production, Alex Schwartz will oversee production for the company and Paramount Production President Karen Rosenfelt will oversee production on behalf of the studio. Charlotte's Web is published by HarperCollins Children's Books.
Charlotte's Web will mark the first picture for Jordan Kerner's, Kerner Entertainment Banner, which was brought to the studio to focus on all family event films.