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Comic-Con 2009: Samuel L. Jackson and Charlize Theron Join Cast of Astro Boy + Panel Impressions Including Trailer Premiere

charlizetheron-072309During Summit Entertainment’s panel on the upcoming animated film Astro Boy, director announced that Samuel L. Jackson and Charlize Theron have been cast in the film.  Their roles weren’t fully disclosed, although it was revealed that Jackson’s would be a special cameo as a robot.

In related news, Summit premiered a new trailer for the film which is expected to hit theaters within the next few weeks.  Head on over the jump for a summary.

Astro Boy hits theaters on October 23, 2009.

Opening with a narrator’s voice, we’re told, “In this lab, the world’s top scientist is building his most incredible creation”. We’re treated to glimpses of the process that brings Astro to life; a robotic skeleton and the a body laid around it.

Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage) explains that his creation will mean the return of his son and we see Astro waking up.

We catch a glimpse of Cora (Kristen Bell), the new character created specifically for the film. Astro meets her and her gang of fellow kids.

There’s the big robot from the manga and cartoon, Zog (in later scenes he has the word spray-painted on his chest) that Astro finds in a junkyard and repairs.

We see General Stone (Donald Sutherland) realizing the power of Astro and telling his men that he needs to catch him. There’s a bunch of scenes of the ensuing chase (which was also screened in it entirety for the audience).

There’s a number of flashes of Astro in some sort of gladiator arena where he seems to be forced to battle against other robots.

Some of the unfinished shots involve Astro fighting against a giant one-eyed tentacle monster and one included him in his full iconic outfit, shirtless with shorts.

The trailer ends with Astro battling Stone’s giant robot (called the Peacekeeper) and discovering his “butt machine guns,” literally turning to stare at them with incredulity and saying, “I’ve got machine guns… in my butt?!”

In addition to the trailer, two scenes — previously screened for press at Imagi’s studio tour — were shown:

One featured the chase, as Stone’s men pursue Astro through the city and the other had Astro battling Stone’s Peacekeeper robot and being saved by Cora and their dog-robot friend.

Source: (here and here)