Lena Headey Joins the 'Grimm Fairy Tales' Animated Series

Monday, 09 April 2012 10:29 Written by  iamrogue
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Lena Headey Joins the 'Grimm Fairy Tales' Animated Series

Fairy tales aren't just for scaring the hell out of children.  In this post-postmodern age, fairy tales are exactly the type of familiar, malleable properties that audiences expect to see turned on their heads to illuminate new elements of the old stories.  While there are current and upcoming movies and television series based on the familiar stories, there's just one animated series, Grimm Fairy Tales, and the project has found its vocal leading lady in Lena Headey.

Headey is currently starring as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister on the second season of the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin.  She's also beloved by fans for her turn as the titular ass-kicking mother on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  On the feature film side, Headey played the fierce Queen Gorgo in Zack Snyder's 300, and she'll appear later this year in Dredd.  Coincidentally, she also appeared as Angelika in 2005's The Brothers Grimm alongside Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.

Headey joins the previously-cast Briana Evigan, who starred in Step Up 2: The Streets and Sorority Row.

Grimm Fairy Tales is based on the comic book series that Zenescope Entertainment has published since 2005.  Every issue contains a familiar fairy tale being retold by Dr. Sela Mathers, a literature professor whose twisted versions of these stories are pointed cautionary tales.   Lena Headey will voice Sela, and will also be a major creative force on the series.

Frequent Metalocalypse and Venture Bros. director Jon Schnepp is directing the entire series, and he's promised that Grimm Fairy Tales will be appropriately violent and unhinged.  The idea is to create a Heavy Metal-style anthology with an unapologetic R rated sensibility.  Carrying out the translation from comic book to animated series is Titmouse Inc., the animation studio behind Adult Swim series such as Black Dynamite, Venture Bros., Metalocalypse, and China, Illinois.

Visit the official Grimm Fairy Tales Kickstarter page for further updates and information, as well as the opportunity to be part of the show's creation.

Here's Ben Jackendoff and the lovely Lena Headey talking about Grimm Fairy Tales and Headey's involvement:

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