Some new and surprising details regarding the voice cast for The Good Dinosaur emerged today. When Pixar said they were completely reworking the film, they weren't kidding. The new updated cast revealed today includes only one member from the original cast announced two years ago; all others have been replaced or cut. A couple of new characters have also joined the cast.
The new cast is as follows:
- Thirteen-year-old Raymond Ochoa (The Night Shift) replaces Lucas Neff as the voice of Arlo the Apatosaurus, the film's protagonist.
- Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire) replaces John Lithgow as Arlo's father, Poppa.
- Frances McDormand (Fargo) voices Arlo's mother, Momma, and is the sole remaining member of the original cast.
- Marcus Scribner (Black-ish) lends his voice to Buck, Arlo's brother.
- Steve Zahn (That Thing You Do) joins the cast as a pterodactyl named Thunderclap.
- A.J. Buckley (Justified), Anna Paquin (True Blood), and Sam Elliott (Justified) voice the T-Rexes Nash, Ramsey, and Butch, respectively.
- Jack Bright (Monsters University) voices the human boy Spot, likely through a series of grunts since the humans in the film do not speak.
Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer were originally supposed to voice Arlo's siblings, Forrest, Cliff, and Ivy, respectively, but have been cut from the film.
The new cast is probably the biggest testimony to just how much the film has changed from its original incarnation. Arlo, for example, will now bear a child's voice as opposed to an adult one, as was previously intended.
Directed by Pete Sohn, The Good Dinosaur will arrive in theaters on November 25 this year. Stay tuned for more updates.