Disney has picked Colombian pop star Shakira to star in its upcoming animal-themed animated flick, Zootopia. She is to play Gazelle, a beautiful, famous pop star in the land of Zootopia (and who is, obviously, an anthropomorphic gazelle with effortlessly chic eye-liner and hips that don’t lie). The casting was revealed during the D23 Expo Animation Panel on Friday August 14 in Anaheim, CA.
Shakira is joining a star-powered voice cast that already includes Horrible Bosses‘ Jason Bateman (who will play a wily, smooth-talking fox character) and One Upon A Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin (who will play a straight-laced meter-maid bunny character by the name of Judy).
In addition to voicing the glitzy character, Shakira will also contribute vocals on an all-new original pop song for the film’s soundtrack, titled “Try Everything.” The track was co-written by Sia and Stargate, and considering Disney’s previous mega-hit with “Let It Go,” there’s always the possibility that “Try Everything” could become a potential radio cross-over hit for the studio as well.
Zootopia, which is due for release on March 2, 2016, is being directed by Tangled‘s Byron Howard and Wreck-It Ralph‘s Rich Moore, so we’re sure the Disney studio has another hit on their hands/hooves/claws.
Culled from Popcrush