‘Chicken Run’ Actress Julia Sawalha Claims She’s Being Re-Cast In Sequel Because She’s Too Old

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.

Netflix Has Backed The Upcoming ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel From Aardman Animations

Chicken Run‘ was released inside theaters twenty years ago. Twenty years to the date, in fact. The movie, which was produced by Aardman Animations, was a tremendous hit at the box office.

It grossed over $220 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing stop motion animated film in history.

And now twenty years later, the studio is ready to start work on a sequel, and this time they’ll be backed by Netflix.

The sequel announcement was delivered during an Annecy Making Of panel on the festival’s digital platform. The sequel has long been rumored, though Netflix’s involvement is major news.

A Netflix release that coincided with the presentation explained that Studiocanal, which has financed, distributed and sold Aardman productions since 2015’s ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie,’ and Pathé, which backed the original, have closed a deal with Aardman to allow the transfer of the sequel rights to the global streaming giant.

This is huge news for Netflix. Peter Lord, the co-director of the original film, revealed that they had been wanting to make a sequel for a long time, but never felt like they had the right story.

But now? He’s convinced they have the perfect story.

We’ve got the perfect story, and the relationship with Netflix is kind of perfect as well because they celebrate the filmmaker and are so filmmaker friendly. I feel now we can make the ‘Chicken Run’ sequel we want to, the one we really care about.

No word on a potential release date, but we’ll keep you posted.