Disney announced that George Lucas has secretly been working on “Strange Magic” – a madcap fairy tale musical, inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.
“Strange Magic” is a tale of goblins, elves, fairies and imps embarking on an adventure in hopes of getting a powerful potion. Popular songs from the past six decades will help tell the tale of a colorful cast.
The film has enlisted an amazing line-up of film, television and Broadway talent including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull. Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.
Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
“Strange Magic” was written by George Lucas, directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom.