Van Damme, Yeoh & Garber Join Kung Fu Panda 2

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm,

Just last week we reported the welcome news that Gary Oldman had joined the cast of the upcoming animated sequel, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. But if you thought that was all the awesomeness the sequel was going to bring you are mistaken, as three more voices have been added to the cast.

DreamWorks Animation has announced that Jean-Claude Van Damme (yes, JCVD), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Victor Garber (Alias) have all joined the cast of Kung Fu Panda 2. The studio also confirms Oldman’s casting in case anyone was wondering whether that news was solid.

All of new additions join a returning cast that includes Jack Black (Po), Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Cricket), David Cross (Crane) and Dustin Hoffman (Master Shifu).

As previously reported, Oldman will voice a peacock, but we now learn that his name will be Lord Shen and that he will be the new villain Po and the Kung Fu animals must battle. Van Damme will voice Master Croc, Garber will voice Master Thundering Rhino and Yeoh will play a goat known as The Soothsayer.

Melissa Cobb, producer of both Kung Fu Panda and its sequel, had this to say about the new casting additions:

“In the sequel, Po goes on an amazing personal journey and we are thrilled to have assembled such a talented and well-respected group of actors to bring to life our new characters, who – alongside our returning cast – play such a critical role in Po’s quest and his ultimate triumph over the forces of evil.”

Kung Fu Panda 2 returning characters 570x415 Van Damme, Yeoh & Garber Join Kung Fu Panda 2

Boy, I didn’t think a Kung Fu Panda sequel could top the first one in terms of star voice talent, but evidently it has. It’s odd at first to think of Van Damme lending his voice instead of punching and kicking bad guys in straight-to-DVD glory, but the more I ponder it, the more I think it could be a perfect (perfectly hilarious) piece of voice casting.

Yeoh may be an obvious choice, but I guess you can’t blame them for casting her considering her status as an international superstar. And as for Garber, I’ll have to wait and see as I’ve only ever seen him in a handful of things.

What do you think of Van Damme, Yeoh and Garber joining the cast Kung Fu Panda 2 cast? Are they good choices?

Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom is slated to hit theaters on June 3rd, 2011.

Source: DreamWorks Animation (via Coming Soon)

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  1. It’s gonna be great!

  2. Sounds great to me!
    Bring it on!

  3. Sounds great ,can’t wait to watch this the 1st one was really good and funny ^_^

  4. I liked the first, hopefully the sequel can live up to it. Never really been a fan of JCVD but I think he can do well as a voice actor

  5. I think its all pretty awesome. Loved the movie and the video game. Gary Oldman the voice of a peacock? Brilliance.

  6. That IS great casting, but I hated the fact that by the time you could say “Hey, that’s Jackie Chan!!!”, we never heard his voice again. Som please, Dreamworks, give these guys some lines!

    As for Garber, well, he doesn’t have the most distinctive voice, but he’s a pretty cool actor. We’ll wait and see, I guess.

  7. Garber did an incredible job as Sinestro in Green Lantern: First Flight. I’m sure he’ll be great in his new voice-over role.

  8. What happend to viper? (Lucy Liu) Is she not coming back?

  9. I was hoping Rogen would be replaced….he is even more lame ( if that is possible) in voice overs than “acting.”

    • Actually, Seth Rogen is gettin’ replaced in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness by Max Koch.

  10. Victor Garber is great in everything he does! But not everything he does is great…if you get what I mean.

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