Los Angeles: â€œPretty Womanâ€ Julia Roberts, US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and British comic John Cleese have been enticed into lending their voices to an animated remake of the film â€œCharlotteâ€™s Web.â€ The film, to be directed by Gary Winick, is a bid screen adaptation of EB Whiteâ€™s classic childrenâ€™s book and will feature an all-star cast, led by the Oscar-winning Roberts, producers said Wednesday.
Also lending their voices will be actors Steve Buscemi and Cedric The Entertainer, as well as Kathy Bates, â€œSidewaysâ€ star Thomas Haden Church, singer-actress Reba McEntire and Outkast hip-hop star Andre Benjamin. Roberts will play the lead role of Charlotte A Cavatica, the spider heroine of the book who goes out of her way to save Wilbur the pigâ€™s life by weaving miraculous words into her webs, according to Paramount Pictures. Winfrey will be the voice of Gussy, the barnâ€™s maternal yet irreverent goose, while Cleese will take on Samuel the sheep and Buscemi will voice the barnâ€™s sardonic rat, Templeton.
Filming will begin in Australia on January 31. â€” AFP