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Since being released in 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's French novella The Little Prince has become a staple of childhood literature. And today that story took major steps towards getting a big screen adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the folks behind an upcoming animated feature version of the book have been keeping busy casting, and have lined up an impressive, long list of stars. The trade reports that James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti have all signed up to voice characters in the movie. Mark Osborne, who has plenty of experience lining up A-list celebrities for voice over work having directed 2008's Kung Fu Panda, is attached to helm, though there's no mention of who will be handling the script.
For those unfamiliar with the book, the plot centers on a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert and miraculously comes across a young boy who claims to hail from an asteroid and has fallen to Earth. The pilot fixes his plane and tries to get it ready for flight again while the boy tells him stories about his homeworld. Sources have informed THR that Bridges will be providing the voice of the pilot, but fails to mention who the rest of the actors will be portraying.
The story has been adapted numerous times for both television and film, one of the most notable being the live-action feature version from 1974, directed by Stanley Donen. There's no mention of when the new take on The Little Prince is aiming for release.