Four actors are in negotiations to star in director Robert Zemeckis's 3D animated remake of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog. The voices of the Fab Four will reportedly be provided by Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz, and Adam Campbell.
Dean Lennox Kelly (John Lennon) is currently on the BBC's
Robin Hood series. Serafinowicz (Paul McCartney) has appeared in movies
Shaun of the Dead and
Couples Retreat. Elwes (George Harrison), who started in such films as
Lady Jane and
Robin Hood: Men in Tights, previously worked with Zemeckis on
A Christmas Carol. Campbell (Ringo Starr) has acted in
Epic Movie and
Date Movie and is known for his role as Kev Ball on British TV's
The Yellow Submarine remake will be created by Disney's ImageMovers Digital, the performance-capture animation studio that previously worked with Zemeckis's team on Polar Bear Express, Beowulf, and, most recently, A Christmas Carol. For Yellow Submarine, the director plans to employ the same 3D-animation style used in those films.
Zemeckis, who is also writing the script for the film, will incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original motion picture, including "All Together Now," "All You Need Is Love," "Eleanor Rigby," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "With A Little Help From My Friends."
Yellow Submarine is expected to be released in the summer of 2012 to coincide with the Summer Olympic games in London, although an official release date has not been announced.