The 73-year-old actor said the new movie will attempt to deal with the changing landscape and controversy around policing.
Though a sequel to the Aardman stop-motion animated film “Chicken Run” is in the works, one of the original film’s voice actors Mel Gibson will not return, two individuals with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.Because the “Chicken Run” sequel will go into production next year, one individual explains it’s too early to know about voice casting for an animated film, but Gibson, who voiced the character Rocky in the film from 2000, is not expected to be asked back for the sequel.It’s also unclear if any of the other voice actors from the original film, which also included Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels, Imelda Staunton and Timothy Spall, will return for the sequel.Also Read: Winona Ryder Calls Out Hollywood Anti-Semitism, Repeats Mel Gibson's 'Oven Dodger' CommentsThe film, which will be distributed by Netflix and will go into production next year, will pick up the story of the chickens who pulled off an escape from Tweedy’s farm in the original film where Ginger (voiced in the original by Sawalha) has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky (originally Gibson) hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk — this time, they’re breaking in!Sam Fell (“Flushed Away,” “ParaNorman”) will direct the new film from a script by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’ Farrell and Rachel Tunnard; Nick Park, creator of Aardman hits like “Wallace and Gromit” and “Shaun the Sheep,” will have a consulting role in the film.Steve Pegram and Leyla Hobart will produce, while Peter Lord, Carla Shelley and Karey Kirkpatrick will return as executive producers.The 2000 “Chicken Run” grossed nearly $225 million at the worldwide box office and remains the top-grossing stop-motion animated hit of all time.Gibson made headlines this week after Winona Ryder called out homophobic and anti-Semitic comments the actor allegedly made back in 1995. Gibson, via his representative, said that Ryder is lying.Read original story Mel Gibson’s Role in ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel Will Be Recast At TheWrap
Winona Ryder shared her experience with anti-Semitism in Hollywood, repeating a 1995 encounter with Mel Gibson in which she said the actor referred to her as a Jewish “oven dodger.”“We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends, and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you,'” Ryder told the London-based Sunday Times while promoting her role in the HBO limited series “The Plot Against America.”A representative for Gibson said that Ryder’s comments are “100% untrue” and that Ryder is lying.“This is 100% untrue. She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she’s lying about it now,” the representative said. “Also, she lied about him trying to apologize to her back then. He did reach out to her, many years ago, to confront her about her lies and she refused to address it with him.”Also Read: Winona Ryder Thinks She and Keanu Reeves Got Married for Real While Filming 'Dracula'Ryder, who was born Winona Lauren Horowitz, said she identifies as Jewish though she does not consider herself “religious.” “It’s a hard thing for me to talk about because I had family who died in the camps,” she said, referring to the Nazi concentration camps where millions of Jews were killed during World War II.The actress also told The Sunday Times that she’s experienced other instances of anti-Semitism throughout her career. “There are times when people have said, ‘Wait, you’re Jewish? But you’re so pretty,'” Ryder said. “There was a movie that I was up for a long time ago, it was a period piece, and the studio head, who was Jewish, said I looked ‘too Jewish’ to be in a blue-blooded family.”Ryder’s comments about Gibson were first reported in a 2010 issue of GQ, and she added that Gibson “tried” to apologize to her at a later date. Gibson’s rep says that this is also a lie, though he did confront her many years ago about it and she refused to address it.Ryder currently stars in “The Plot Against America” and will be seen in the next season of “Stranger Things.”Read original story Winona Ryder Calls Out Hollywood Anti-Semitism, Repeats Mel Gibson’s ‘Oven Dodger’ Comments At TheWrap
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