The folks over at /Film have an article up about casing for Robert Zemeckis’ next 3D computer generated film:
Robert Zemeckis revealed in the official Beowulf podcast that Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman have officially joined the cast. Robin Wright Penn also announced that she will also be involved in the project.
What we already know: Zemeckis wrote the script specifically for Jim Carrey, who stars as four different characters: Ebenezer Scrooge (at various different ages), the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future. Tom Hanks (Bob Cratchit), Christopher Lloyd (Marley’s Ghost) and Michael J. Fox (Tiny Tim) are also rumored to be involved in the film, but have yet to be officially confirmed.
Above and beyond just providing voices for the characters, the actors will be filmed in motion capture suits acting out the parts. Zemeckis seems to be diving into this form of film making in a big way what with The Polar Express and then Beowulf. The motion capture helps to eliminate some of the stiffness in traditional computer animation, but they still have the uncanny valley issue to overcome. Still this should make for a very interesting adaptation of this Christmas classic.