Charlize Theron is doing her part to help drum up excitement for the upcoming Kubo and the Two Strings. Theron helps introduce the animated fantasy film in an exclusive movie trailer released by animation studio Laika.
The exclusive version of the movie trailer featuring Theron, which debuted on April 28, is only on the People website. The trailer starts out with Theron welcoming viewers to take a look at Kubo and the Two Strings before the movie preview plays out.
Kubo and the Two Strings is a 3D stop-motion fantasy film that is set in ancient Japan. The story is about a young boy named Kubo who helps take care of his mother in a small village. When Kubo accidentally wakes up an old, vengeful spirit, he ventures on a quest to find a magical suit of armor that once belonged to his late father, who was a famous Samurai warrior.
Charlize Theron voices the character of Monkey, who is one of the characters that Kubo befriends during his journey. The other character that joins Kubo and Monkey on their adventure is Beetle, a huge man-bug voiced by Matthew McConaughey.
This is the first time that Theron and McConaughey are both lending their voices to an animated film. One of the reasons that the two former Oscar winners accepted roles for Kubo and the Two Strings is that they both thought it was a family-friendly movie that they could show to their children.
Theron has two children: Jackson, a South African boy Theron adopted in 2012, and August, whom she adopted in August 2015, as originally reported by Us Weekly. Theron is raising them as a single mother.
McConaughey has three children with his wife, former Brazilian model Camila Alves: sons Levi and Livingston, and daughter Vida. All three children have both their mother and father’s last names.
The movie’s director, Travis Knight, shared the story about how McConaughey used the movie’s script as a way to tell bedtime stories to his kids at night.
“He would read them little sections each night. Tthat was his way of bringing the story to life and connecting with his children. It essentially became a bedtime story for the McConaughey family.”
While voicing a cartoon character may look easy, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey had to work extra hard to make sure their natural accents didn’t slip out during filming. Theron changed the alteration of her voice to hide her South African accent, while McConaughey made sure to remove any traces of his distinctive Texan drawl.
Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, and Rooney Mara are the other big name actors starring in Kubo and the Two Strings. Irish actor Art Parkinson, who had a recurring role as Rickon Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, voices the main character Kubo.
Kubo and the Two Strings is the second of three movies that Charlize Theron has coming out for 2016. Theron reprised her role as Queen Ravenna in the recently released The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which did not receive positive reviews. Theron also filmed The Last Face, directed by her former boyfriend Sean Penn, which doesn’t have a release date yet, but is scheduled to be shown next month at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Theron is also working as a producer for Brain on Fire, a biographical drama based on the memoir titled Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. Theron bought the film rights to the 2012 memoir, and production was completed last summer, but no official release date has been announced. The drama stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Tyler Perry.
Moviegoers can see how Charlize Theron fares as a woolly monkey in Kubo and the Two Strings when the movie comes out in theaters on August 19.
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