Disney announced today that comedian Dane Cook will voice the lead character Dusty, ‘a plane with high hopes,’ in their animated Cars spin-off Planes.
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) originally had the lead voice role in the developing stages, but is reportedly replaced by Cook (Good Luck Chuck).
Cook is best known for his distinctive style of edgy comedy with a casual attitude, but previously also did voice work in Farce of the Penguins, Mr. 3000, and an episode of the TV series, Duck Dodgers.
Head honcho John Lasseter joined the new animated film as a producer. Directed by Disneytoon Studios vet Klay Hall, Planes follows Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster with a big heart who dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer and opens in 3D on August 9th, 2013.
We also have a look at the teaser trailer for the film. The new theatrical trailer has emerged today, but was quickly removed by the studio.
Hit the jump to check out the press release instead of new trailer.
DANE COOK TAPPED TO VOICE DUSTY IN “DISNEY’S PLANES”
High-Flying Animated Comedy Adventure Soars into Theaters August 9, 2013
BURBANK, Calif. (February 28, 2013) – Dane Cook has been tapped to voice the lead character Dusty, a plane with high hopes in “Disney’s Planes.” Inspired by the world of “Cars” and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (“King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons”), “Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty’s dream of competing as a high-flying air racer—and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. The film takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013.
“Dane Cook brings unmatched charisma and brilliant comedic timing and instincts to the character,” said Hall. “He gives Dusty a great edge.”
Cook is well known for his appearances on Comedy Central and HBO specials, and for his successful comedy albums. He recently guest starred on “Louie” opposite Louie C.K., and his film credits include starring roles in a host of films, including “My Best Friend’s Girl” opposite Kate Hudson, “Dan In Real Life” opposite Steve Carell, and “Mr. Brooks” opposite Kevin Costner. The actor/comedian just signed a deal with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television to develop a new project starring Cook.
The all-new story offers an exciting cast of characters and centers on Dusty’s high-flying dream. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing, so he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. The film is produced by Traci Balthazor-Flynn and executive produced by John Lasseter. For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures.