‘Big Hero 6′ First Look: Disney Officially Reveals the Cast for Its Animated Marvel Movie
At long last, it’s time to meet the cast of Disney’s first animated Marvel movie, ‘Big Hero 6,’ and see these new characters come to life in six new images. Where previously we saw some unapproved posters for this new crop of unlikely superheroes (which have since been taken down from the web), the cast is now here in beautiful hi-res and ready to kick some San Fransokyo butt!
We heard before that ‘Transformers 4‘ star T.J. Miller, ‘Sin City’ sword-swinger Jamie Chung, and ‘SNL‘ vet Maya Rudolph all had roles in ‘Big Hero 6,’ but Walt Disney Animation now confirms their presence, in addition to the newly announced Nicktoons star Ryan Potter, ‘30 Rock‘ alum Scott Adsit (aka Pete Hornberger), Damon Wayans Jr. of ‘Let’s Be Cops,’ Genesis Rodriguez of ‘Identity Thief,’ James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, and Daniel Henney.
So, let’s meet the new gang!
Ryan Potter portrays Hiro, a robotics prodigy who has “the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old.”
His state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond—and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.
Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the Big Hero 6.
We also know that as soon as Hiro’s latest invention, micro-bots, falls into the wrong hands, the young genius must upgrade his friendly robot to become a battle bot who’s ready for action. But he’ll also need the help of some other “not-so-superheroes,” as ‘Big Hero 6′ director Don Hall calls them.
From running away from angry Transformers to fighting crime, T.J. Miller portrays Fred (aka Fredzilla).
Fanboy Fred comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places—when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.
Jamie Chung voices adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago. As Disney puts it:
She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with Big Hero 6, she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.
Voiced by Genesis Rodriguez, and as the part-time barista/chemist of the group, “Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable.”
Wasabi (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.) is committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.
Rudolph, previously thought to be voicing Honey Lemon, has been cast in the role of Aunt Cass, while James Cromwell plays Professor Callaghan, Alan Tudyk voices Alistair Krei, and Daniel Henney portrays Hiro’s brother Tadashi.
And there you have it! We learned even more about ‘Big Hero 6′ from last year’s D23 Expo, but we won’t give too much away. (Instead, those interested can check out some potential spoilers HERE.) ‘Big Hero 6′ opens in theaters November 7, and hopefully this’ll be another check mark on Marvel and Disney’s bucket list of box office domination.