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Rachel Zegler to star in animated movie musical Spellbound with songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater

Rachel Zegler as Maria in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY. Photo by Niko Tavernise. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Rachel Zegler as Maria in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY. Photo by Niko Tavernise. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Rachel Zegler is to lead the cast of new animated movie musical Spellbound with songs from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.

Produced by Skydance Animation with Apple TV+, Spellbound is set in a world of magic where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two.

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Rachel Zegler, who was most recently seen in West Side Story and will take the lead in upcoming Disney live-action movie Snow White, will provide the voice of Princess Ellian.

She’ll be joined on the cast by Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem who will play King and Queen of Lumbria, parents to Ellian.

Also on the cast are John Lithgow, Nathan Lane, Jenifer Lewis, André De Shields and Jordan Fisher.

Alan Menken, known for his award-winning work on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors, Pocahontas, Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted and Tangled, will compose original music and score.

He will be joined by celebrated lyricist and frequent collaborator Glenn Slater (Tangled) together with music producer Chris Montan (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen).

The new feature will be directed by Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale) and written by Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin (Mulan) and Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King).

The movie is set to be released on Apple TV+ with with a release date to be confirmed.

Jenson said: “Alan Menken’s music defines a generation and is loved by audiences around the world. From day one, we knew this magical world would be full of music, and we knew only Alan could bring it to life.

“With Glenn and Chris onboard, their combined creativity adds so much depth and complexity to the emotions of our characters and this very unique story. It is a true honor to collaborate with this team.”

“I’m thrilled to be united with so many talented collaborators and very much look forward to working with Vicky Jenson, Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin,” added Menken. “Spellbound promises to be quite unique and inspiring.”


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