Pythons Reunite on Shrek 3

Posted in Film on July, 14 2006 2:30 PM

Well, sort of. Dreamworks have announced that Eric Idle is the latest name to join the cast of Shrek The Third, lending his vocal talents to the part of Merlin the magician. Whether or not his voice will actually share any screen time with that of co-ex-Python, John Cleese is unknown. Cleese, of course, returns to voice the role of King Harold, the frog-king of Far Far Away.

The amount of British talent to the film is seriously starting to outweigh the American's with co-stars Dame Julie Andrews and Rupert Everett reprising their roles of Prince Charming and Queen Lillian (not in that order) and Ian McShane coming on board as Captain Hook.

The story for this part is that Shrek becomes king of Far Far Away but doesn't want the job so goes out to find a more suitable king. In the meantime Fiona has to prevent a coup and defends the kingdom with the help of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Rapunzel.

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas return and are joined by Justin Timberlake playing a rebellious King Arthur.

At least with another Brit in the cast means producers won't feel the need to re-dub another character in a transatlantic translation like they did with Shrek 2. Although I don't hold out much luck for Regis Philbin's chances of keeping his voice in the British version.

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