Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have released the first trailer for the animated fantasy Epic (formerly Leaf Men) online. While the movie isn't due in theaters until next year, the studios behind Rio and the Ice Age likely want to spread awareness of their upcoming project before their latest, Ice Age: Continental Drift hits theaters in July.
Very loosely based on the children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce (who co-wrote the upcoming Rise of the Guardians), Epic is a labor of love for director Chris Wedge (Ice Age), who's been working on the movie for years.
The voice cast, includes Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Johnny Knoxville and Aziz Ansari, and was only announced last month. With voice-work probably still being worked out the trailer is filled almost entirely — appropriately and ominously — with the song "The Lightning Strike" from the band Snow Patrol. watch the trailer >>