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*Rapper Drake, comedian Wanda Sykes, Nickelodeon star Keke Palmer and “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez are joining the voice cast of the fourth “Ice Age” cartoon, “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”
Actor Jeremy Renner and “Parks and Recreation” star Aziz Ansari have also been added to the Fox franchise, joining returning actors Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott and Josh Peck.
The cast was revealed Tuesday during a meeting on the Fox lot with potential promotional partners, licensees and retail partners, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Romano and Queen Latifah took participants through the “Continental Drift” storyline.
Due in theaters on July 13, 2012, Renner will portray Gutt, a self-styled master of the high seas. Lopez will play Shira, a saber-toothed tiger who melts the heart of Diego, played by Leary. Romano returns as Manny and Queen Latifah as Ellie, both mammoths. It was not known what roles the other new arrivals would play.
The first three “Ice Age” films have grossed nearly $2 billion at the worldwide box office, putting Fox and production partner Blue Sky Studios squarely in the animation game. Their winning streak continues with”Rio,” which has grossed nearly $300 million in less than three weeks.
“Ice Age” is becoming a year-round brand for Fox. A Christmas television special is being planned, along with a mobile game and online game.
Samuel L. Jackson, right, welcomes Robert Downey Jr. onto the stage during a panel for the movie "The First Avenger" at Comic-Con International Saturday, July 24, 2010 in San Diego.
*The Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con Saturday presented surprise guest Samuel L. Jackson to introduce the all-star cast of its forthcoming film “Avengers.”
Just as the company’s panel was winding down, the actor took the stage before some 6,000 fans to bring out stars Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johannson, Chris Hemsworth of “Thor” and Chris Evans of “Captain America.”
He then introduced another surprise guest, Robert Downey Jr., who brought out the rest of the cast, including Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner.
“The Avengers” is based on the comic book series of the same name, which brings various Marvel superheroes together. The film is due in 2012.