AceShowbiz - The iconic %cJulia Roberts% has joined the cast of "Smurfs: The Lost Village". She will voice a wise new character named Smurfwillow. The movie's latest image offers a first look at Roberts' character.
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"Smurfs: The Lost Village" marks Roberts' first return to animated film since 2006's "The Ant Bully" and "Charlotte's Web". She expresses her excitement of becoming a part of the animation originated from Belgian comic franchise. "Smurfs are such a fun part of our animated culture," says Roberts to PEOPLE. "They were popular when I was a child and they were popular when my kids were little. It's fun to be part of such a sweet group that continues to entertain young people."
Director Kelly Asbury says that he is thrilled with Roberts' performance. "I am thrilled with Julia Roberts' performance in 'Smurfs: The Lost Village'," he says. "Julia brings to the role a sense of honesty and depth, thus helping to create truth to the reality of the entire story. It was a blast working with Julia-whose real-life generous, good-natured spirit translates beautifully in giving voice to this new, mysterious character."
"Smurfs: The Lost Village" follows the adventure of Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty. With the help of a mysterious map, they're racing through a Forbidden Forest with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village. Smurfette and Co. have to find it before evil Gargamel does.
Also starring alongside Julia Roberts in the movie are %cDemi Lovato% as Smurfette, %cRainn Wilson% as Gargamel, %cJoe Manganiello% as Hefty, %cJack McBrayer% as Clumsy and %cDanny Pudi% as Brainy. %cMichelle Rodriguez%, %cEllie Kemper% and %cAriel Winter% have also joined the cast. The movie from Sony Pictures Animation is set to hit U.S. theaters on April 7.