Academy Award nominated director Shane Acker's animated film 9, which is currently in production for Focus Features, is shaping up nicely to include a cast of top-line voice talent. The film, written by Monster House scribe Pamela Pettler, is an expansion of Acker's highly-regarded short film, and is being produced by Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, and Jim Lemley; Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement.

One of the actors who will lend his voice talents to the film is Lord of the Rings alumni Elijah Wood, who will take on the title role of "9." Other notable actors joining Wood on the film include Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly, actor/filmmaker Crispin Glover, Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer and the versatile John C. Reilly. "This exciting and thought-provoking story has already drawn a strong filmmaking team together to work with Shane in bringing his visionary fantasy world to life. These splendid actors will provide compelling characterizations to go with the visual brilliance," says Schamus.

9 is an action-packed tale which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world parallel to our own. In this world, articulate and fully-mobile rag dolls must fight for survival. In their struggle they find strength and leadership in one of their own, 9, whose qualities may help them survive. Having seen Acker's short film on which this feature is based (which you can catch at YouTube), all I can say is "cool." Acker is an obviously gifted filmmaker with a bright future ahead of him. If the feature version of his short turns out even half as well as the original, he'll have a terrific film on his hands for sure.
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