Seinfeld lands Zellweger for his ''Bee Movie'' -- The animated farce, about a legal dispute between bees and humans, also casts Kathy Bates, Eric Idle, Oprah, and others

By Gary Susman
Updated April 29, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
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In Jerry Seinfeld’s first leading role in a movie, he’s playing a bee — not that there’s anything wrong with that. A year and a half after he announced the project, Seinfeld is finally getting his computer-animated Bee Movie off the ground. On Thursday, DreamWorks announced a cast, led by Seinfeld and Renée Zellweger, and a release date of Nov. 2, 2007, about six months after the studio releases Shrek 3.

Like DreamWorks’ Antz, Bee Movie is a comedy about an insect who feels stifled by his community’s conformity and lack of career options. Reluctant to get into the honey business, Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld) escapes the hive and winds up in a New York City flower shop run by Vanessa (Zellweger). Once he learns of humans’ fondness for honey, Barry decides to sue the human race for swiping the bees’ product, leading to a massive interspecies dispute. As Seinfeld explained when he first announced the project in Dec. 2003, ”I have always been fascinated by bee society, the world’s most harmoniously run organization, and now I finally am going to be in it.”

Seinfeld is producing and co-writing the movie with some of his former sitcom scribes. Matthew Broderick is in talks to join Seinfeld and Zellweger in the eclectic cast, which includes former Seinfeld regular Patrick ”Puddy” Warburton (whose insect experience includes starring in the series The Tick), Alan Arkin, Kathy Bates, Robert Duvall, Eric Idle, Larry King, William H. Macy, Tim Blake Nelson, Uma Thurman, and Oprah Winfrey. Uma, Oprah. Oprah, Uma.

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