Freddie Highmore Is Astro Boy

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Imagi Studios hasn't yet fully fired up the hype machine for its big-screen CGI take on Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, but the time isn't far off -- matter of fact, the computer-animated hero just got himself a voice.

According to a press release issued by the studio, Freddie Highmore (The Spiderwick Chronicles) has signed on to lend his pipes to the mechanical boy wonder in the upcoming production. Director David Bowers gushed about the 16-year-old actor:

"It's terrific that Freddie has agreed to play Astro. He's a remarkably skilled young actor, whose freshness and vitality make him perfect for the role. Astro Boy is a beloved superhero and has captured hearts around the globe for more than 50 years. I can't wait to see where Freddie takes him."

Set to be released in 2009, Astro Boy's synopsis follows below:

The original Astro Boy follows the adventures of a robot created in the image of a child but with extraordinary powers. Lost in a complex future world, Astro Boy must learn to find his place. With the help of his friends, he discovers how to use his powers for good.

Comments

rustdog

Rusty Baldwin

Scrap the accent.

Feb 29 - 05:20 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

emmm why? The kids English and really an English accent never hurt Sir Laurence Olivier or Sir Ian McKellan or the British accent definately helped the career of moment of silence...Sean Connery. YESHHHHHH!!!!!

Feb 29 - 09:15 AM

rustdog

Rusty Baldwin

Because Astro boy shouldn't sound like Hugh Grant.

Feb 29 - 10:28 AM

kfarschman

Kurt Farschman

Sean Connery isn't English.

The few cartoons of Astroboy I saw were quite underwhelming. It's the type of show that Powerpuff Girls is a parody of.

Mar 2 - 08:42 AM

Silverevilchao

Silver The Evil Chao

OH GOD NO.

Feb 29 - 06:09 AM

leaf71

Garnet Whyte

You know there can only be three kids in Hollywood at any one time.
It's what they call "critical mass".
Or as they say in french: photosynthesis.

What, were you hoping for Christopher Walken?
"You see... I am an... Astroboy... hence the name... 'Astroboy'."

Feb 29 - 07:45 AM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

I dont like that FREDDy kid, i dont know why, I just dont like him.

Feb 29 - 08:48 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

emmm why? The kids English and really an English accent never hurt Sir Laurence Olivier or Sir Ian McKellan or the British accent definately helped the career of moment of silence...Sean Connery. YESHHHHHH!!!!!

Feb 29 - 09:15 AM

rustdog

Rusty Baldwin

Because Astro boy shouldn't sound like Hugh Grant.

Feb 29 - 10:28 AM

kfarschman

Kurt Farschman

Sean Connery isn't English.

The few cartoons of Astroboy I saw were quite underwhelming. It's the type of show that Powerpuff Girls is a parody of.

Mar 2 - 08:42 AM

rustdog

Rusty Baldwin

Because Astro boy shouldn't sound like Hugh Grant.

Feb 29 - 10:28 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

And of course no British actor could ever pull off an American or non-specific accent.

Feb 29 - 10:51 AM

Oblivioncry

Danish Shaikh

why are they even doing it, they couldnt do him justice.

the only writer right now who could make a good script is naoki urasawa coz his on going manga Pluto is based on Astroboy and he shows just how much depth there is to the characters in takezu's work....

and seriously, english ???

Feb 29 - 11:32 AM

Young Turk

Joe Massino

Tezuka's work....

Feb 29 - 02:26 PM

Young Turk

Joe Massino

Tezuka's work....

Feb 29 - 02:26 PM

pom_pom288

Matt Reynolds

Great, another film where Freddie Highmore plays a glazed-eye, befuddled young boy trying to make sense of the world.

Feb 29 - 04:14 PM

~*Admiral Snowstorm*~

Dominique Amsterdam

I don't much Freddie Highmore either. He's a decent actor and all, but he irks me a bit as well. Still, I guess I'll wait to see how Astroboy turns out before I blame him for it, although my hopes aren't very high.

Feb 29 - 04:27 PM

Silverevilchao

Silver The Evil Chao

Perhaps I should clarify. The "OH GOD NO" referred to the fact that an Astro Boy movie was being made, not the actor.

Seriously, leave the old cartoons alone. What's next, Kimba the White Lion?

Feb 29 - 05:01 PM

Pilgermann

Michael Warren

"What's next, Kimba the White Lion?"

Probably.

Feb 29 - 07:10 PM

Kollikodon

Ryan Ohlemeier

They called it LION KING

Feb 29 - 11:58 PM

Kollikodon

Ryan Ohlemeier

They called it LION KING

Feb 29 - 11:58 PM

kobe8byrant

Teh Daniel

Well, Hugh Laurie could sound American, why can't Highmore? Give the kid a break. I liked him in August Rush.

Mar 1 - 06:07 AM

smartmoviekid

jonathan ramirez

umm tilda swinton had a british accent, yet she played an AMERICAN LAWYER in Micheal Clayton. what happened? she won an oscar. british actors can be american on-screen just fine, highmore can do it too.

Mar 1 - 12:51 PM

smartmoviekid

jonathan ramirez

at least with voice

Mar 1 - 12:51 PM

Relapse

Doug Whitmore

So, I guess the chances of Astroboy ripping limbs off of people is probably pretty slim. Perhaps a NR DVD? One can hope.

Mar 1 - 03:20 PM

vaodsi

john irvine

Highmore is sixteen...... i wonder if he'll ever grow up. it was really distracting during spiderwick when his voice kept changing. one minute it was charlie and the chocolate factory, the next he sounded like a sixteen year old. i hope the kid can get himself placed in some decent films before his child-actor buzz wears out....... august rush was silly. but he can act. VERY WELL.

Mar 2 - 12:56 AM

rottencritic23

sam smith

What are you trying to say? He is 16 playing 9 year olds(Jared and Simon Grace are 9 years old). His voice was different in some scenes. His voice was changing. He is 16 after all, it's about time. The sound peoplecould have done some work on it to smooth it out, but there is only so much they can do. Yes, I did notice his voice. It got kind of bother- some, but not really becuse I am a HUGE fan. Over all, it was an awesome movie. I definitely recommend it to all. Just look, it made 62,000,000 in four weeks and is #6 on the charts. It was #2 for the first 3 weeks. That's great! To anyone else, you gotta go see this movie. If you are worried about young children getting scared, don't be, it wasn't scary at all.

Mar 9 - 05:00 PM

kfarschman

Kurt Farschman

Sean Connery isn't English.

The few cartoons of Astroboy I saw were quite underwhelming. It's the type of show that Powerpuff Girls is a parody of.

Mar 2 - 08:42 AM

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