Once Upon a Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) will headline the voice cast of Zootopia, Disney’s 2016 animated flick that’s set in a mammal filled metropolis.
Goodwin, who did inspired voice work on Disney’s 2014 animated feature Tinker Bell and the Legend of NeverBeast (she played an adventurous fairy named Fawn), will voice Judy Hopps, a bright-eyed bunny who’s a new member to Zootopia’s police force.
Jason Bateman is the voice of Nick Wilde, a manipulative fox who reluctantly joins Judy to solve her first case.
“We knew that ‘Zootopia’ would only succeed if we found the perfect actors to play our main characters,” said director Byron Howard. “This rabbit- and fox-duo are in practically every scene in the film together. After meeting Ginnifer, we knew she embodied Hopps, the ultimate pure-of-heart, idealist bunny. You fall in love with her character instantly. And for Nick Wilde, our cynical con-artist fox, we only ever had one actor in mind, the incomparable Jason Bateman. Jason has a way of saying the most hilarious sarcastic things while always staying completely charming. We feel so fortunate to be working with both of them.”
The movie is slated for a March 4, 2016 release.
Zootopia’s official boilerplate summary is below:
“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, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure is directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”).”