Disney is going in a new direction for their animated comedy Disney's Planes. Back in August 2011, the studio announced Jon Cryer is voicing Dusty Crophopper, a cropdusting plane who is afraid of heights. That was back when the project was set for a straight-to-DVD release. Now that the movie is hitting theaters in August, the studio has announced that Dane Cook is voicing the lead character. Take a look at Dusty, along with the studio's official press release.

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Dane Cook has been tapped to voice the lead character Dusty, a plane with high hopes in Disney's Planes. Inspired by the world of Cars and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (King of the Hill, The Simpsons), Disney's Planes is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty's dream of competing as a high-flying air racer-and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. The film takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013. Here's what director Klay Hall had to say about Dane Cook coming on board.

"Dane Cook brings unmatched charisma and brilliant comedic timing and instincts to the character. He gives Dusty a great edge."

Cook is well known for his appearances on Comedy Central and HBO specials, and for his successful comedy albums. He recently guest starred on Louie opposite Louis C.K., and his film credits include starring roles in a host of films, including My Best Friend's Girl opposite Kate Hudson, Dan in Real Life opposite Steve Carell, and Mr. Brooks opposite Kevin Costner. The actor/comedian just signed a deal with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television to develop a new project starring Cook.

The all-new story offers an exciting cast of characters and centers on Dusty's high-flying dream. But Dusty's not exactly built for racing, so he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty's courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. The film is produced by Traci Balthazor-Flynn and executive produced by John Lasseter. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/DisneyPictures.