Word is that production crews have shipped in a few animals to the set to coincide with the creature cast voiced by celebrities including Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow.
The five 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.
There's a giant stone wall on the off-limits set, with telescopes and street lamps, which resembles the facade of a mini zoo within the zoo. As previously reported in Loaded Gun, the structures are built for filming purposes only.
In "The Zookeeper," Kevin James 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. Rosario Dawson has been cast as Kate, the smart zoo veterinarian who works alongside James' character Griffin. Leslie Bibb plays Stephanie, the ex who broke Griffin's heart.
Also, Dorchester homeboy Donnie Wahlberg has joined the cast of the made-in-Boston flick.