Rihanna to Star in New DreamWorks Animation Film
Rihanna to Star in New DreamWorks Animation Film

Singer-actress Rihanna and "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons will play the lead voices in "Happy Smekday!," a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the award-winning book "The True Meaning of Smekday" by Adam Rex.

This will be the voice acting debut for Rihanna, who made her live-action film debut in this summer's "Battleship." Parsons, a two-time Emmy winner for "Big Bang," has done voicework for a handful of shows, including "iCarly" and "Family Guy."

In "Smekday!," a friendly alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl, embarking on a comical road trip across a postapocalyptic America and learning what it really means to be human.

Tim Johnson, who co-directed DWA's "Antz" and "Over the Hedge," is sitting solo in the helmer's chair for "Smekday!," which the studio hopes to release during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember ("Get Smart") are writing the screenplay, and Chris Jenkins ("Rio") and Suzanne Buirgy ("Kung Fu Panda 2") are producing. DWA head of development Gregg Taylor is overseeing the project.

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