Tituss Burgess Joins Voice Cast of Apple and Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’
Tituss Burgess has joined the voice cast of Spellbound, an Apple Original Film by Skydance Animation. Additionally, the studio released a new image (above) exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, in advance of its work-in-progress presentation Tuesday at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
Slated for a 2024 release on Apple TV+, Spellbound is a musical fairy tale that centers on a terrible spell that has turned a king and queen into monsters, leaving their daughter, Princess Ellian (voiced by Rachel Zegler), to manage the kingdom on her own. It features an original score and songs by veteran composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), with lyrics by Glenn Slater (Tangled).
Six-time Emmy nominee Burgess provides the voices of Cole Tillerman and Kelleth Vanbeaceler in Apple TV+’s animated series Central Park. He also joined the season two cast of Apple’s Schmigadoon! as the narrator.
Spellbound‘s voice cast also includes John Lithgow, Jenifer Lewis, Nathan Lane, Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.
The Annecy program will be presented by director Vicky Jenson (Shrek) and head of story Brian Pimental. “This is, at its heart, a story about a family for everyone in the family,” Jenson said of Spellbound. “I have a lot of experience storytelling with a modern take on a fairy tale, but this is a fairy tale take on a very modern story.”
Jenson is directing from a screenplay by Lauren Hynek, Elizabeth Martin and Linda Woolverton. John Lasseter, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bruce Anderson are producing for Skydance Animation.