It looks like Jason Bateman won’t be the only actor to voice a talking animal in Disney’s “Zootopia”. Walt Disney Animation Studios recently announced that “Once Upon A Time” star Ginnifer Goodwin has joined the studio’s upcoming feature film for a role.
The actress will be portraying a rabbit police officer named Lt. Judy Hopps.
Goodwin is best known for her role in ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”. She will voice star alongside Bateman, who is featured in the movie as a fast-talking scam-artist fox named Nick Wilde.
“We knew that “Zootopia” would only succeed if we found the perfect actors to play our main characters,” director Byron Howard explained.
He then added:
This rabbit-and-fox duo are in practically every scene in the film together. After meeting Ginnifer, we knew she embodied Hopps, the ultimate pure-of-heart, idealist bunny. You fall in love with her character instantly. And for Nick Wilde, our cynical con-artist fox, we only ever had one actor in mind, the incomparable Jason Bateman. Jason has a way of saying the most hilarious sarcastic things while always staying completely charming. We feel so fortunate to be working with both of them.
Goodwin’s character is a by-the-book meter maid with dreams of being a police officer. When a mystery is discovered, her character forges an unlikely friendship with Bateman’s fox to solve a case.
The official synopsis is as follows:
In the film, the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with the fast-talking Wilde, to solve the mystery.
Having previously directed “Tangled” and “Bolt”, Howard is directing the comedy-adventure with “Wreck-It Ralph” helmer Rich Moore. The script is written by “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero” director Jared Bush, who is also co-directing the movie.
Goodwin is already a friend of the Disney kingdom because she voiced Snow White in ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”. She also voiced Fawn in Disney’s “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast”.
No further details regarding “Zootopia” were revealed, but the movie is set to be released on 4th March 2016.