Am ambitious animated undertaking of one the bestselling inspirational works of all time has landed an impressive voice cast. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhané Wallis will lend their voices to The Prophet, an adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s collection of writings. Roger Allers (The Lion King) will write and direct an original narrative story based on Gibran’s work. The picture is scheduled to be complete by spring of 2014. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reported on the voice cast of The Prophet, as well as some additional animation directors who will be tackling the film’s individual chapters. The international team of directors includes Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog and Your Face), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (Fantasia 2000), Michal Socha (Chick) and Mohammed Harib (Freej).
Here’s the description of The Prophet (via Amazon):
Originally published in 1923, The Prophet continues to inspire millions worldwide with its timeless words of love and mystical longing. Writing with insight, hope, and a remarkable compassion for the human condition, Kahlil Gibran explores ideas of joy and sorrow, friendship, good and evil, pleasure, reason and passion, expressing humanity’s yearning for a Unity of Being, only achieved through love.