During a special event at the Annecy Festival in France, the rest of the key voice cast of “Strange World” was announced this weekend.
Joining the previously announced Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade are:
- Dennis Quaid as Jaeger Clade, Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father. Quaid previously appeared in the Disney films “The Parent Trap” and “The Rookie.”
- Jaboukie Young-White as Ethan Clade, Searcher’s 16-year-old son who longs for adventure beyond his father’s farm while also navigating a school crush. He previously voiced McNeely in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”
- Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, a pilot and natural leader, mom to Ethan, and wife of Searcher. Union previously contributed her voice to “The Proud Family” and “The Lion Guard” series, along with appearing in this year’s reboot of “Cheaper By The Dozen” on Disney+.
- Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, the head of the land of Avalonia and the leader of the exploration into the strange world. Liu has contributed her voice to “Star Wars: Visions,” “Disney Fairies,” and “Mulan II.”
Director Don Hall, whose previous credits include the Oscar-nominated “Raya and the Last Dragon,” says the story is a nod to pulp magazines, that existed from around the 1900s to the 1950s.
They featured popular action fiction stories that were printed on inexpensive wood pulp paper, which is where the genre gets its name.
“I loved reading the old issues of pulps growing up,” Hall said in a press release. “They were big adventures in which a group of explorers might discover a hidden world or ancient creatures. They’ve been a huge inspiration for ‘Strange World.’”
Qui Nguyen, who co-wrote “Raya and the Last Dragon” with Hall, returns to co-write the screenplay for “Strange World.”
“Strange World” is due in U.S. theaters November 23, 2022, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
It will be Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 61st film, following “Encanto.”