Entertainment behind the scenes
Katy Perry is feeling blue as “The Smurfs” starts production in NY
Singer Katy Perry is turning blue as she continues to expand her entertainment career: she’s taking on the voice of a Smurf in a movie of the well-loved blue characters that has started production in New York.
Perry will play Smurfette in the hybrid live-action and animated 3D film while Anton Yelchin plays Clumsy Smurf, Jonathan Winters is Papa Smurf, Alan Cumming is Gutsy Smurf, SNL’s Fred Armisen will voice Brainy Smurf and George Lopez plays Grouchy Smurf. The evil wizard Gargamel will be played Hank Azaria who chases the blue Smurfs out of their village and their magical world – into Central Park. Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays play an expectant couple whose lives are turned upside down when the Smurfs pop up.
Director Raja Gosnell, whose credits include ”Scooby-Doo,” “Home Alone 3,” and ”Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” will be joined by producer Jordan Kerner in the Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures movie that is expected to be released in August 2011.