The Hollywood Reporter offers some casting news regarding Warner Bros.’ long-gestating live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. The movie’s various monsters will be voiced by
Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro (Sin City), Michael Berry Jr. (Mission: Impossible III), , Paul Dano (The Girl Next Door), Tom Noonan (Robocop 2), Catherine O’Hara (Over the Hedge), Forest Whitaker (The Shield) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain).
Being brought to the screen by writer/director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), Where the Wild Things Are will employ a combination of live puppetry and CG animation to populate the fantastic forest visited by young runaway Max. Dave Eggers (A HeartbreakingWork of Staggering Genius, McSweeney’s) and Michael Goldenberger (Contact, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) have also contributed to the screenplay.
The film is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Legendary Pictures. Actor Tom Hanks is producing through his Playtone shingle, along with Sendak, Gary Goetzman, John Carls and Vincent Landay. Although Sendak was not pleased with previous attemps at filming his book, he recently praised Jonze’s vision in the press.