International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Zootopia, D23 Expo fans learned via a taped message from Shakira today. Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC's Once Upon a Time, Something Borrowed, Walk the Line), the voice of the film's rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongside directors Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), and producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-It Ralph). Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, "Try Everything," written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.
Byron Howard and Rich Moore direct from a script by Jared Bush, with Clark Spencer serving as a producer. Disney has set a March 4, 2016 release date for the animated movie, which will square off against Sony's Grimsby, 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Open Road Films' Triple Nine. It isn't known when Disney plans on releasing the Zootopia footage that was shown to the D23 crowd earlier today.
The Gazelle role will mark Shakira's feature film debut. Aside from her enormously successful music career, Shakira has also served as one of the talented judges on NBC's hit reality series, The Voice. It isn't known at this time if the singer has any other movie roles in the works at this time.
In making the announcement of Shakira's casting, Disney has also released our first look at her character Gazelle from Zootopia. Aside from being the biggest pop star in this animal-filled land, not much else is known about the character, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, take a look at the new photo, and stay tuned for more on Zootopia.
(2/2) I'll be singing a brand new song for the movie called "Try Everything"! Shak— Shakira (@shakira) August 14, 2015