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RIO 2 Voice Cast Adds Kristin Chenoweth, Bruno Mars

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RIO 2 Voice Cast Adds Kristin Chenoweth, Bruno Mars

RIO2-Kristin Chenoweth-Bruno Mars Rio 2, the sequel to the 2011 bird-centric blast of Brazilian sunshine from 20th Century Fox’s animation house Blue Sky, adds Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth and singer Bruno Mars to its voice cast list. Anne Hathaway, who earned her second Academy Awards nomination, will reprise her role for Rio 2, along with most of her co-stars including Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, and George Lopez, all as the Brazilian birds. Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin, and Jamie Foxx are also set to return, joined by two new cast members as well, including Andy Garcia and Grammy-winner Janelle Monáe who will provide original music for the film and also voice a character. Rita Moreno, Rachel Crow, Pierce Gagnon, Natalie Morales, and Amandla Stenberg (Rue from The Hunger Games) are among the other cast additions. Original Rio director Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age) will return to helm the sequel, which will incorporate into its narrative the 2014 FIFA World Cup, set to be hosted by Rio next year. Rio 2 opens April 14th, 2014. Rio
Rio 2 will follow Blu (Eisenberg), a neurotic blue macaw, and Jewell (Hathaway), his free-spirited mate, as well as their three kids. The conflict of the film arises when Jewel expresses her desire to raise the chicks in the Amazon as ‘real birds’ rather than in their current domesticated environment.

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