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The Weinstein Company’s English dub THE GUARDIAN BROTHERS has landed a star-studded voice cast as it adds Edward Norton, Jim Gaffigan, Bella Thorne, Mike Birbiglia, and Randall Park. The group joins previously cast Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Mel Brooks.
The Guardian Brothers follows a Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business – a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down generation after generation for hundreds of years. When the family’s grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of a little girl named Raindrop (Thorne) and her mother (Kidman). Millions of miles away in the Spirit World, we meet The Guardians – who have watched over and protected the humans on Earth for centuries. Times are tough up in the Spirit World and two brother Guardians are forced to retire from the business they’ve loved since the beginning of time. Back down on Earth, Raindrop and her mom are fending off a rival soup shop owner’s attempt to sabotage the family restaurant. When the retired Guardian brothers find out, they spring into action – and that’s where our adventure begins.
The film’s original Chinese distribution from Alibaba Pictures was titled The Little Door Gods. The project is written and directed by Gary Wang and produced by Zhou Yu and Light Chaser Animation Studios.
Last year Focus Features found success with its distribution of Kubo and the Two Strings, whose English-dub cast included Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, and Rooney Mara. The film became a part of the growing conversation regarding “white-washing” casts. While The Guardian Brothers’ cast is a very talented one, this project may be setting itself up to be in the same position.