James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges for ‘The Little Prince’ voice cast

'Kung Fu Panda' director Mark Osborne to helm new adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's novella

James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges are among the names who are on board to voice characters in the latest animated adaptation of Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince).

Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti have also signed up to lend their voice to the big-screen take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery‘s classic novella, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kung Fu Panda director, Mark Osborne, is directing the film, which is being financed by Onyx Films. The movie will be produced by Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam (Renaissance).

Le Petit Prince was first published in 1943, and has been translated into dozens of languages since. Its philosophical tale has attracted readers all over the world, appealing to children and adults alike.

The story centres on a pilot whose aircraft crash lands in the middle of the Sahara desert, leaving him stranded. While he attempts to repair his plane, he encounters a young boy who claims to be a prince who has fallen to earth from his asteroid. The little prince helps the pilot by regaling tales about the foolish inhabitants of nearby asteroids.

In other news, James Franco will soon be seen playing Hugh Hefner in Lovelace, a biopic of ’70s porn actress Linda Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried. The film opens in US cinemas on June 28, but the UK release date has yet to be confirmed.