Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow have signed on as animal voices in the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Zookeeper," starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson.
The five reportedly will voice animals at the zoo where keeper James longs for his female love interest played by Dawson. Sandler will be the voice of a capuchin monkey while Cher is slotted to be a giraffe. Favreau has been cast as a bear, Stallone as a lion and Apatow as an elephant.
As previously reported, a majority of the film's scenes are slotted to be shot at Franklin Park Zoo located at 1 Franklin Park Rd. and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.
Production is scheduled to kick off in July, confirms that there will be specific areas of the zoo that will be renovated, paid for by a donation made by the production company.
James, currently filming scenes at Woodman's of Essex with Sandler and crew for the ultimate buddy flick "Grown Ups," will play the title role in the film produced by Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. In "The Zookeeper," he plays a zoo caretaker who consults with the animals in an attempt to learn their methods of dating and mating to help him win back the woman of his dreams.
Production crews plan to shell out major money to spruce up the Franklin Park Zoo, with renovations and landscaping slotted to benefit the non-profit zoo for an extended period even after the production is done.
Loaded Gun Boston reader Craig Rabe says "he noticed that the production crew for 'The Zookeeper' has taken over a large part of the middle of the zoo to create a set." Rabe confirmed with a zoo official that designers "are spending at least the next six weeks building the set," with design beginning in late May.
A release dates is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 8, 2010. Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."