Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna added to ‘The Book of Life’ cast

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The Book of Life animated film continues to round out its cast. This week Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) and Diego Luna (Milk, Elysium) was added to the cast that already includes Channing Tatum, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Hector Elizondo and Cheech Marin. That’s diversity, folks!

The film is being written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez who was an animator on the MAD TV series on Cartoon Network and a writer and animator on the award-winning Nickelodeon show, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.

The Book of Life follows Manolo, a young man who must decide between living up to the expectations of his family or following his heart. The tale is set in a world inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration. So probably a lot of skulls and flowers. Excellente. The film is currently in production and will hit theaters in October 2014.

Check out Gutierrez and his wife talk about El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.

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