Mandy Moore Cast as Rapunzel

Another major Disney announcement has been made today, and it’s regarding the long awaited 3-D adaptation of Rapunzel. According to THR, the film has just found it’s leading lady in the form of singer turned actress Mandy Moore. In every Disney film there has to be some sort of love interest for the protagonist, and in this case he’ll be played by the star of NBC’s Chuck, Zachary Levi.

According to the trade, Rapunzel will be a Digital 3D-animated musical action-adventure inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. While Moore is set as the title character, Levi will star as a dashing bandit who finds himself on the road with “the rebellious, teenage hair apparent.”

Disney’s new “Rapunzel” picks up with the princess, famous for her 70 feet of golden hair, after she’s been stolen from her parents’ castle as an infant and imprisoned. Now a teenager, Rapunzel escapes and goes on the run with a bandit as her captor pursues them.

The studio’s made several attempts to produce this film over the past few years but various obstacles got in the way. This time around, the film will be a part of a fairytale revival for Disney. Rapunzel is scheduled for a 2010 holiday release, similar to this year’s The Princess and the Frog. With films like Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland and the re-release of Beauty and the Beast in 3-D. It looks like 2010 will definitely be the year of Disney.

What do you think about the casting of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi in Rapunzel?