Liam Neeson is already lending his voice to Warner Bros’ Lego: The Piece Of Resistance. Now the Oscar-nominated actor who brought Aslan to life in Disney and Fox’s Narnia pics is joining the voice cast of the indie animation The Nut Job, the first feature from Canadian-based ToonBox and Korea-based Redrover, in association with Warner Bros-based Gulfstream Pictures. Disney and Pixar veteran Peter Lepeniotis is directing the feature based on his own 1995 short Surly Squirrel from a script by Lorne Cameron (Brother Bear, Over The Hedge), about a mischievous squirrel who plots to rob a nut store with his rat friend Buddy.
Neeson will voice the villainous Raccoon in a cast that includes Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon, and comedian Jeff Dunham. Thom Chapman and Graham Moloy are producing, with Daniel Woo, Hong Kim, Mike Karz and Tom Yoon executive producing in association with Gulfstream, which is also repping U.S. sales. The pic is currently in production aiming for a 2013 release. Neeson next appears in Universal’s Non-Stop with Julianne Moore. He is repped for animation and voice-overs by Arcieri & Associates.