When we first broke the news back in January 2008 that the follow-up to the smash film “Alvin and The Chipmunks” would feature the Chipettes, hundreds of fans weighed in with their eagerness to see Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor. In the months since, rumors have run amok with various female names who could be providing their high-pitched voices, including Miley Cyrus, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque and Drew Barrymore.
Yesterday, we caught up with Alvin himself: Mr. Justin Long. And he gave us some big news on two of the famous females who’ll be loaning their vocal talents to the December follow-up.
“I’m working on the ‘Chipmunks’ sequel,” said the busy actor, who stars in director Sam Raimi's very scary “Drag Me To Hell” at the end of the month. As Long explained to us, his recording sessions with returning Chipmunks Matthew Gray Gubler (Simon) and Jesse McCartney (Theodore) are about to be invaded by an old friend.
“Anna Faris called me,” Long revealed to us, invoking the name of his “Waiting…” co-star. “I hadn’t talked to her in awhile, and I was like ‘Hey, what’s up?’ She said ‘You’re doing the Squeakquel!’ and then something happened and we couldn’t talk anymore. So, I’m pretty sure she’s doing it.”
As for the next Chipette, Long said the role is going to a longtime comedy star whose talents have graced such films as “Anchorman” and “The Rocker,” as well as the TV show “Samantha Who?” “I heard Christina Applegate [for another Chipette],” Long said. “And then there’s a third; and I’m not quite sure who that is.”
Knowing that Justin and Drew Barrymore are close friends who recently starred in “He’s Just Not That Into You” together, and they are currently developing another romantic comedy, I figured he’d know better than anyone if Barrymore was indeed going to voice the third Chipette.
“No,” he said, basically shooting down the Barrymore rumor. “I don’t think she’s doing it.”
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” will star “Chuck” breakout Zachary Levi as the cousin of Jason Lee’s David Seville character from the first film, and will depict the Chipmunks going to school for the first time. Although Long didn’t specify which Chipettes will be played by Faris and Applegate, he did have a suggestion for the final female role.
“I think it’s Helen Mirren,” he joked.
What do you think of Anna Faris and Christina Applegate as the voices of the Chipettes? Who would you like to see cast as the third one?