DreamWorks Animation Packs A Powerful Punch With New Cast Additions For Kung Fu Panda 3
Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson Join Original Cast Members for Third Installment of Beloved Franchise in Theaters December 23, 2015
"Pandamonium" is back for a triple kick with a trio of new cast members in DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: DWA) Kung Fu Panda 3 which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale) and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids) join Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and other original cast members in the third installment of the beloved action-packed franchise. The film, slated for December 23, 2015, marks the first planned co-production with China based Oriental DreamWorks and follows Po, the chosen one, as he continues on his journey mastering the art of Kung Fu… and noodle slurping.
Continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, Po must face two hugely epic, but very different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home. This chapter in the continuing adventures of Kung Fu Panda is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who also helmed the worldwide hit Kung Fu Panda 2 and remains the highest grossing female director for a film at the worldwide box office. The film is produced by Melissa Cobb, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and co-produced by Jeffrey Hermann along with Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote and co-produced the original films and continue in these roles.
"Having the wonderful Jennifer Yuh Nelson return as director is incredibly exciting for the studio. Under her guidance I have no doubt that our returning cast and our outstanding new voice talent will take the franchise's story to the next level," said DreamWorks Animation Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke.
The first two chapters of DreamWorks Animation's critically acclaimed Kung Fu Panda franchise opened in 2008 and 2011. Both films were honored with Academy Award® nominations for Best Animated Feature Film. Together, they have generated approximately $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. DreamWorks' highly-rated CG animated television series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness debuted on Nickelodeon in 2011 and has won four Daytime Emmy® Awards.