Hugh Grant to voice for Aardman`s `Pirates`

Last Updated: May 06, 2011, 14:08 PM IST

London: British actor Hugh Grant will lend his voice for a pirate captain in the upcoming 3D animated adventure from the team behind the Oscar-winning ‘Wallace’ and ‘Gromit’ films.

‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’ will have Salma Hayek as his arch-rival Cutlass Liz, with David Tennant as a young Charles Darwin. Martin Freeman, Brian Blessed and Imelda Staunton will also feature.

"I`m so grateful to the entire cast for their talent and energy. Only Hugh could anchor this story of love, loyalty, greed and nautical high-jinks," the BBC quoted Aardman`s Peter Lord, director of the film, as saying.

The movie will use the same stop-motion techniques of previous Aardman films, such as ‘Chicken Run’.

The film, to be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released on March 2012.