It’s one of the most beloved children’s books the world over and now Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince is returning to the big screen with an all-star cast!
The Hollywood Reporter announced today (6 June) that James Franco (Oz: The Great and Powerful), Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) and Paul Giamatti (The Ides of March) would be lending their voices to the animated picture.
Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborne is also on board to direct the Onyx Films project with Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rasam (Renaissance) producing.
Le petit prince was first published in 1943 and since then has been translated from the original French into over 250 languages and dialects. The philosophical story revolves around a pilot who has crash landed in the Sahara desert. There he encounters a little boy claiming to be a prince that has fallen to Earth from his asteroid home. The little prince then entertains the pilot with stories of his life, his home and the inhabitants of nearby asteroids as the pilot repairs his plane.
It was revealed that Bridges will be voicing the pilot though no other roles have been made public.
A popular novella for adaptation on film, television and the stage, it was most recently released as a French TV series in 2010.