Zendaya will lend her voice to upcoming animated feature film, The Guardian Brothers.  The voices of Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman will also be used.

The film revolves around a “Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business, a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down generation after generation for hundreds of years. When the family’s grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of a little girl named Raindrop (Zendaya) and her mother (Kidman). Millions of miles away in the Spirit World, we meet The Guardians who have watched over and protected the humans on Earth for centuries. Times are tough up in the Spirit World and two brother Guardians are forced to retire from the business they’ve loved since the beginning of time. Back down on Earth, Raindrop and her mom are fending off a rival soup shop owner’s attempt to sabotage the family restaurant. When the retired Guardian brothers find out, they spring into action.”

Zendaya began her acting career with the debut of Shake It Up on the Disney Channel, and has gone on to appear in Dancing with the Stars and Blackish.  She recently confirmed that she has landed a key role in Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot that will be released in theaters July 2017.

“I am basically unknown. I’ve never been in a real movie before or anything like that, so I had to start from the bottom like anyone else.  I auditioned and auditioned and auditioned and [broke] down those walls because a lot of people do have that preconceived notion of who I am based off previous things I’ve done, so you got to really break that down and go hard, put in the work, take all the meetings, take all the auditions.” –  Zendaya

The Guardian Brothers, was originally released in China by Alibaba Pictures at the beginning of the year under the title The Little Door Gods, and directed by Gary Wang.  Zhou Yu and Light Chaser Animation Studios produced the picture, and was recently acquired by The Weinstein Company (TWC).  TWC will sell the film at Cannes this year.



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