John Rhys-Davies, Gimli from Lord of the Rings, hand wrote a note to Starlight producer, Stephen Sobisky which read, “RE: Starlight, I love the project. If you have room for me, count me in!”
Sobisky had recently worked with Rhys-Davies on a live-action feature film called Starbright. The two had become friends and as Sobisky shared with Rhys-Davies the story and project for Starlight, Rhys-Davies instantly fell in love with the project. Along with his work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rhys-Davies has been in many iconic films in the history of Hollywood including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and One Night with the King. He has also voiced many roles for animated films such as Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Cats Don’t Dance, Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists, Shark Bait, The Legend of Sasquatch, Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes and others.
John Rhys-Davies is welcomed to the voice cast of Starlight and will be extended the role of the voice of God. Starlight is an angel and the feature film is about difficult decisions she must make as her brother leads a war in Heaven. One thing Starlight learns in her journey is that God is loving and she can count on him.
Larry King, the famed talk-show host from CNN who has appeared as a voice character in many films including Shrek and Bee Movie is now set to appear in another Hollywood animation film called Starlight.
Starlight will be a musical much like Disney’s Frozen and Lion King and the producers, Lee Baker (Race to Witch Mountain and Pushing Daisies) and Stephen Sobisky (Shrek and Antz) from Sandman Studios, have extensive experience in bringing animation to life. Baker said, “Starlight is an adventure-filled ride through Heavenly worlds which tells the story of a young angel who is searching for her parents.” Baker is currently directing the feature film which is actively casting the main roles and would not comment on who else they are negotiating with although the website does give a “casting wishlist” which names many of the top names in Hollywood.
Larry King’s wife, Shawn King, is also playing a role and Sobisky said, “The whole world will laugh when they watch the scene between Larry and Shawn’s characters.” He made no additional comments regarding the scene but has created a definite hook for future viewers.