At one point, doing voice-over work for cartoons and animated films in Hollywood was considered to be below the standards of many big name stars and “serious” actors. That hasn’t been the case for a while as in recent years, not only have studios realized that attaching a well-known name to a animated character is a great way to draw attention to their product, but actors too have realized that voice-over work is a pretty comfy way to make an large paycheck.

Warner Bros. announced today they are producing Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, a direct-to-video animated film to complement their upcoming summer tentpole, Green Lantern. Also announced was the stellar list of actors and actresses who will lend their voices to the film.

After the excellent fan-made Nathan Fillion trailer for Green Lantern went viral a couple of years ago, fanboys were hoping Fillion would eventually play the part of Hal Jordan in the live-action adaptation. Now their hopes have turned to reality – just not in the way they originally thought. Fillion’s voice should be familiar to fans of the animated DC Universe as he also voices Steve Trevor in the animated Wonder Woman.

The Green Lantern: Emerald Knights cast list:

  • Nathan Fillion – Hal Jordan
  • Elisabeth Moss – Arisia
  • Jason Issacs – Sinestro
  • Arnold Vosloo – Abin Sur
  • Kelly Hu – Laira
  • “Rowdy” Roddy Piper – Bolphunga
  • Wade Williams – Deegan
  • Henry Rollins – Kilowog
  • Michael Jackson – Ganthlet

Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) voices the young recruit Arisia who is forced into her first mission on just her third day as a Green Lantern. The rest of the list is filled with familiar names and the ones that stand out to me are Jason Issacs (Harry Potter), Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy) and 80s wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

Issacs is solid in just about everything he does and Rollins has a big following in both music, poetry and acting, so hearing them as the voices of Sinestro and Kilowog should be amazing.  Most people will remember Piper from the cult 80s film They Live and his famous line, “I’ve come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum!”

Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths), Jay Oliva (Doctor Strange) and Christopher Berkley (Transformers: Animated) are all teaming up to director Green Lantern: Emerald Knights while Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One) will be producing.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights comes to home video June 7th, 2011.

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