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DreamWorks Announces the Cast of "Kung Fu Panda"

Some Very Familiar Voices Join Jack Black in the Animated Film

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Nov 10, 2005 - Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Ian McShane, and Jack Black have all taken up kung fu fighting. Not really. Hoffman and crew will be lending their voices to the movie "Kung Fu Panda" from DreamWorks Animation.

Lucy Liu ("Domino") is in talks to join the cast of the animated feature film about a lazy Panda named Po (Black). Hoffman will provide the voice of Kung Fu master Shifu, who has to teach Po kung fu skills. Chan will lend his voice to Master Monkey, a strong kung fu fighter who is everything Po isn't. Ian McShane will be the voice of the Tai Lung, a snow leopard who wants to destroy the Valley of Peace.

John Stevenson and Mark Osborne will direct "Kung Fu Panda." DreamWorks Animation plans on releasing the animated animal film in theaters in May 2008.

DreamWorks Animation's Official Synopsis of "Kung Fu Panda"

With powerful enemies at the gates, all hope has been pinned on an ancient prophesy that a hero will rise to save the day. But among all the martial arts masters who come forward, none has shown the mark of The Chosen One ... until now. When Po (Black) unwittingly shows up in the midst of the competition, the masters are shocked to see that this unmotivated panda bears the mark. Now it is up to them to turn this gentle giant into a kung fu fighter before it's too late.

SOURCE: DreamWorks Animation

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