Albert Brooks signs up for ‘Finding Nemo 2’

'Drive' actor returns to play 'Marlin' in Pixar's fishy tale

Albert Brooks has finally agreed to sign up to reprise the role of clownfish ‘Marlin’ in Finding Nemo 2.

Last June (2012), it emerged that Pixar is making a sequel to the underwater animated adventure. Released in 2003, Finding Nemo grossed more than $878 million (£562 million) at the worldwide box office and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Ellen DeGeneres was soon after announced to be returning to her role voicing Dory, a reef fish with temporary amnesia, but, according to Deadline, Brooks’ negotiations went on longer due to his renaissance as an actor in Drive and Judd Apatow’s This is 40.

Original director Andrew Stanton will return for the follow-up, which is set for a 2016 release. The sequel is being produced by Lindsey Collins, who also worked with Stanton on 2008’s WALL-E, with a script by rookie screenwriter Victoria Strouse.

It is not known whether other members of the Finding Nemo voice cast are in negotiations to return. Actors including Eric Bana, Willem Dafoe, Alison Janney and Geoffrey Rush also leant their voices to the original film’s menagerie of sea creatures. The title role was voiced by child actor Alexander Gould, who went on to appear in US comedy show Weeds and is now 18 years old.