Here is a first look at Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, from the team behind Despicable Me and Horton Hears a Who. Danny DeVito will voice The Lorax (“who speaks for the trees”) in the 3D film.
The villains will be voiced by two alums of “The Daily Show” – Ed Helms (“The Office”) will play The Once-ler, “a shortsighted, greedy creature who chops down every tree he can find to make his Thneeds, which are ‘a thing everyone needs,'” and Rob Riggle is a new character called O’Hare, “another industrialist who sells cans of fresh air to the polluted world the Once-ler creates and wants to keep it that way.”
The movie will start much like the 1971 book, with Zac Efron voicing a boy named Ted, “who goes in search of the Once-ler to find out how the world became so ugly.” Betty White will play Ted’s grandmother, “who tells him of the colorful world that used to be.” Another new character is the girl Ted loves, Audrey.
Universal Pictures will release the film in theaters on March 2, 2012.