Kung Fu Panda 3 is set to be released in a few months time, but a late schedule change has meant the Rebel Wilson is out, and Kate Hudson is in.
The change is courtesy of an extended production schedule – which caused an unavoidable clash with Wilson’s other projects – according to The Hollywood Reporter. With Wilson having to drop out, Kate Hudson has been drafted in to take her place. Naturally this change has caused the film yet another delay. The fact that the film is an animation means that the change is far less disruptive; the changes will be far easier than re-shooting all of a characters scenes in a live-action film, but there still is a lot of work to be done. New recording sessions will be needed and the animation of Mei Mei will have to be altered accordingly to fit the work of Hudson.
The new film will see Po (Jack Black) reunited with his long lost father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) – although he won’t necessarily be aware of that fact from the offset. Nonetheless the unexpected reunion will mean that Po is able to visit a secret Panda Paradise, full to the brim with his species who are living happily. Among the happy Panda’s is Mei Mei, who falls head over heels for the loveable hero. Unsurprisingly the happiness is short-lived and soon supernatural villain Kai is making his way through china, leaving defeated Kung Fu masters in his wake. Po will be forced to step up to the mark, training his fellow Panda’s and turning them into an unbeatable fighting unit.
The DreamWorks Animation will see the return of director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and co-director Alessandro Carloni. The regular voice cast are back on board as well, including powerhouses such a Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and James Hong. The film is set to hit screen on March 18. Watch the teaser trailer below.