Lea Michele is said to be part of an animation project from DreamWorks. -- AFP
The DreamWorks Animation musical is called Bollywood Superstar Monkey.
Glee star Lea Michele and talented child actor Rohan Chand (Bad Words) are nearing deals to voice two of the lead characters in DreamWorks Animation’s musical Bollywood Superstar Monkey, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Representatives for DreamWorks Animation and Michele did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Kevin Lima, the Enchanted filmmaker who also directed Disney’s Tarzan, signed on in July 2011 to direct from a script by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges, who previously co-wrote Bend It Like Beckham together.
DWA’s first Bollywood-style animated musical adventure is loosely based on the Ramayana, an epic Indian tale about a man whose wife is kidnapped by a demon king.
Story follows monkey brothers Raj and Deepu, the latter of whom is younger and will be voiced by Chand. When Raj accidentally releases the 10-headed demon king Ravana from his enchanted sleep, the demon kidnaps Bollywood superstar Chandani.
The unlikely sibling heroes then team up with Chandani’s pet monkey Pinki and embark on a thrilling journey to rescue Chandani, save their city and defeat Ravana. Michelle is in negotiations to voice the role of Pinki, though her deal has not closed yet.
Lisa Stewart and Chris Chase will produce, while A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) are working on the film’s music and lyrics, respectively.
Michele, who is best known for playing Rachel Berry on Fox’s Glee, recently played Dorothy in Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and appeared in Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve. She also just released her first album, Louder, and has a book coming out next month titled Brunette Ambition.
Chand is a rising young star who currently stars opposite Jason Bateman in the raunchy comedy Bad Words. He got his start playing Adam Sandler’s son in Jack And Jill and Damian Lewis’ student on Showtime’s Homeland. Chand also shared scenes with Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor. He’ll soon be seen in DreamWorks’ adaptation of The Hundred-Foot Journey. — Reuters