There is some drama surrounding the upcoming ‘Chicken Run‘ sequel. British actress Julia Sawalha, who voiced Ginger in the original movie, is speaking out against the sequel.
In a statement published online, Sawalha said she was told by producers (via her agent) that the character of Ginger will be recast with a younger actress for the upcoming sequel. She also claims they didn’t even invite her in for a voice test.
Sawalha took the step of recording her own voice test and posting it online (you can watch that via the link in the letter below). She said that this was sent to producers Aardman Animations, and they had responded with, ‘Some of the voices (not yours, I agree) definitely sound older,’ however they had also confirmed, ‘We will be going ahead to re-cast the voice of Ginger.’
It’s one thing to want to recast with younger actors to fit their vision for this sequel, but to not even give the original cast a chance? That’s a bad move. Voice actors are incredibly talented, and if given the chance, they could definitely sound younger.
Let’s be frank, I feel I have been unfairly dismissed. To say I am devastated and furious would be an understatement. I feel totally powerless, something in all of this doesn’t quite ring true. I trust my instincts and they are waving a red flag.
We’ll see if they try to make things right.