anne hathaway neil patrick harris join rio

Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway and hosting extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris are signing on to star in the animated feature entitled, Rio. According to Reuters the duo will be joined by Lost and 300 alum Rodrigo Santoro in the the Fox Animation feature, which will be directed by Carlos Saldanha.

The story of Rio follows the adventures of a nerdy macaw who lights out from his small-town Minnesota cage for the exotic city of Rio de Janeiro. The film is scheduled for an April 8, 2011 release and will be filmed in 3-D digital animation. Even though the trio of actors are currently in negotiations to star in the film Fox wouldn’t confirm their casting. I guess they’re waiting for the ink to dry on their contracts. On a side note, Rio will be produced by Chris Jenkins (Surf’s Up) and Bruce Anderson (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!)

I’m happy that they have one native Brazilian in the cast, Mr. Santoro. Perhaps he can add some legitimacy to the film in terms of it’s location. Both Hathaway and Harris have had their fair share of experience in the voice over field, so this should come as second nature to them.

What do you think of the cast for Rio?