Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis to star in Laika's next film

LAIKA Studios, the animation house that brought us such enigmatic animated films as KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, THE BOXTROLLS, PARANORMAN, and CORALINE, has just announced its fifth full-length feature project. Currently operating under the name "FILM FIVE," LAIKA's forthcoming feature is already in production and is set to be released in the U.S. via Annapurna Pictures.

Set to be directed by PARANORMAN helmer Chris Butler, the studio's fifth major motion picture effort is said to be "bursting with humor, heart, and a profound message of acceptance and finding one's place." Word has it that the LAIKA family are overjoyed to be working on the concept, and as a part of this momentous announcement, have shared that Hugh Jackman (LOGAN), Zoe Saldana (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, I KILL GIANTS), and Zach Galifianakis have signed on to lend their voices to the magic.

"Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for LAIKA," said LAIKA President & CEO, Travis Knight. "It's an exciting bridge to our future.  Director Chris Butler and the wizards at LAIKA have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul.  Plus it's really, really funny.  It's a privilege to partner with Megan and her exceptional team at Annapurna to bring this beautiful original story to the world," Knight exclaimed.

Also in attendance to voice her excitement about the new project was Founder and CEO of Annapurna Pictures, Megan Ellison, who added: "We're excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Travis and the amazing team at LAIKA," said Ellison. "We appreciate their trust and look forward to having some fun together."

Huzzah! It sure feels good to hear that LAIKA is hard at work creating what will undoubtedly be another visual marvel in the realm of animated filmmaking. I make no bones about hiding my love for this studio, who in the past have delivered some of the greatest animated films I've ever seen. We'll be sure to bring you more news about this exhilarating endeavor as it develops!

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