Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Cast Of Animated Superhero Movie 'The Guardians'

Leonardo DiCaprioDespite having a slew of connections to the comic book world — including producer roles on "Ninja Scroll" and "Akira," plus a once-rumored connection to "Button Man" — Leonardo DiCaprio has kept his hands clean of superhero fare... until now, that is.

According to Dreamworks, DiCaprio is set to lend his voice talent to "The Guardians," a new animated project from DreamWorks Animation. DiCaprio will play the legendary Jack Frost, who bands together with a group of other famous storybook heroes to fight an evil spirit named Pitch.

The group of heroes in "The Guardians" consists of the aforementioned Jack Frost, as well as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman. But beyond their status as folklore icons, the Guardians are also "a band of superheroes, who possess their own special powers."

"The Guardians," based on an upcoming series of children's books from author William Joyce, will be directed by Peter Ramsey with a screenplay from "Spider-Man 4" scribe David Lindsay-Abaire.

Even though "The Guardians" is described as children-oriented, the first publicly released image from the film depicting DiCaprio's Jack Frost indicates a darker tone — I'm guessing that it's more along the lines of "Harry Potter" than "Winnie the Pooh," for example.

Either way, this initial character design is pretty snazzy looking, and imagining Jack Frost with DiCaprio's voice makes for a pretty cool mental image. Combined with the idea of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy as superheroes, "The Guardians" should certainly be an interesting film if nothing else.

Jack Frost

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