Astro Boy is a 2009 Japanese/American computer-animated 3-D film based on the highly successful Japanese franchise of the same name by Osamu Tezuka. It is being produced by Imagi Animation Studios, the animation production company of TMNT and the upcoming Gatchaman. The studio announced the project in September 2006. It was presented in Real D Cinema. It will be directed by David Bowers (Flushed Away) and produced by Maryann Garger with Pilar Flynn as associate producer.The film was originally to be directed by Colin Brady, who directed the 2006 animated film Everyone's Hero. It has been announced that Freddie Highmore will provide the voice for the character of Astro Boy in the movie. A short trailer of the movie was shown in the North American Home Theater of PlayStation Home from December 28, 2008 to January 8, 2009.
The Story: As taken from Apple.com
A thrilling tale of a true hero, Astro Boy is an all-new, feature film full of action, adventure, humor and heart. It will be brought to life on the big screen in breathtaking CGI animation on October 23rd, 2009. Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive blue energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero.
The Cast: As taken from IMDB Nicolas Cage ... Dr. Tenma (voice) Kristen Bell ... Cora (voice) Bill Nighy ... Dr. Elefun (voice) Donald Sutherland ... General Stone (voice) Freddie Highmore ... Astro Boy (voice) Eugene Levy ... Orrin (voice) Sterling Beaumon ... Sludge (voice) Nathan Lane ... Ham Egg (voice) Matt Lucas ... (voice)