Jim Parsons, Rihanna cast in 'Happy Smekday!' - Dreamworks animated sci-fi film
Jim Parsons and Rihanna are teaming up as an unlikely duo in a new Dreamworks animated film, the company announced on Friday, June 20.
The movie, "Happy Smekday!" is set for release in late 2014 and is based on the critically acclaimed book "The True Meaning of Smekday" by Adam Rex. The story is about aliens who invades earth and begins to use it as a hideout from their enemy. When one alien blows his cover, he goes on the run with a teenage girl. They embark on several globe-trotting adventures and he learns what it is like to be a human.
This is the first big-screen animated role for Rihanna, who made her acting debut with the sci-fi-action film "Battleship," which was released in May. She is also filming the comedy movie "The End of the World," which stars the likes of James Franco, Emma Watson and Jason Segel and is set to hit theaters in 2013.
Parsons is known for his Emmy-winning role as nerdy Sheldon Cooper in the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory." He has also appeared in movies, such as "Garden State," "10 Items or Less" and "Gardener of Eden," as well as last year's film "The Muppets," which starred Segel.
Parsons is not a newcomer to animation either - he provided the voice of Milton in the animated series "Pound Puppies," which aired on the cable channel The Hub in 2010.
Tim Johnson of the animated movies "Over the Hedge" and "Antz" will direct the film, while Chris Jenkins of Disney-Pixar's 2010 hit movie "Up" and Suzanne Buirgy of Dreamworks' "Kung Fu Panda 2" are serving as producers. The screenwriters are Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember, who co-penned the script for the 2008 Steve Carell comedy film "Get Smart."