Julia Sawalha claims she had ‘chop from Chicken Run sequel as voice is too old’

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Julia Sawalha has hit out on the producers of a Rooster Run sequel, claiming they’ve discriminated in opposition to her as a consequence of her age.

The 51-year-old actress, who famously starred in Completely Fabulous, was the voice of Ginger within the unique 2000 stop-motion animated movie by Aardman Animations.

Julia, then 30, had one of many foremost voice roles alongside Mel Gibson, with Ginger being the principle hen within the coop, although she did not fairly rule the roost.

Her character is described as “a hen who is decided to save lots of her fellow chickens from their impending doom on the Tweedys’ farm.

“She is normally the one which comes up with concepts and is usually extra clever than the opposite chickens.”

Julia Sawalha voiced Ginger within the unique Rooster Run

In an open letter that she posted on Twitter, it could appear that Julia won’t be getting the prospect to reprise the position because it has been deemed that her voice is now “too outdated” for the character and a youthful actress shall be solid to voice the position.

Julia has known as out the producers for ageism and addressed the letter to her followers, beginning with “Expensive Reader.”

She went on to element what occurred: “Final week I used to be knowledgeable out of the blue, by way of electronic mail, via my agent that I might not be solid as Ginger within the Rooster Run sequel.

Julia Sawalha voicing Ginger in Rooster Run

“The explanation they gave is that my voice now sounds ‘too outdated’ they usually need a youthful actress to reprise the position.

“Normally in these circumstances, an actress could be given the prospect to do a voice check with the intention to decide the suitability of their pitch and tone, I nevertheless was not given this chance.”

Julia continued: “I’m enthusiastic about my work and I don’t go down with no battle, so I did my very own voice check at residence and despatched it to the producers, which you’ll be able to view here.

Julia Sawalha has claimed that she is being changed for sounding ‘too outdated’

“At the moment I obtained a really sort and thoughtfully written response from one of many creatives, outlining their determination, most notably saying ‘Among the voices (not yours, I agree) undoubtedly sound older’.

“Nonetheless, they acknowledged ‘We shall be going forward to re-cast the voice of Ginger’.”

An indignant Julia continued: “I obtained my letter of dismissal the day earlier than it was introduced that the ‘Lone Free Ranger’ had been axed from the sequel and that the character of Rocky [originally voiced by Mel Gibson] was to be re-voiced.

“The explanation given was that his voice is now too outdated. I really feel I’ve been fobbed off with the identical excuse.

Julia Sawalha wrote an open letter to complain about her ‘sacking’

“I went to nice lengths to show to the manufacturing that my voice is nigh on the identical because it was within the unique movie.

“If they are going to be utilizing among the unique solid members… let’s be frank, I really feel I’ve been unfairly dismissed.”

Julia expressed her emotions on the matter, persevering with: “To say I’m devastated and livid could be an understatement. I really feel completely powerless, one thing in all of this doesn’t fairly ring true.

“I belief my instincts and they’re waving pink flags.

“I’m saddened that I’ve misplaced the prospect to work with Nick Park and Peter Lord from whom I learnt a lot. The three of us, collectively, created Ginger.

“At the moment I responded by wishing the manufacturing one of the best of luck and the best success with the sequel.

“There’s nothing extra I can do, apart from to thank all of you who liked and nonetheless love Rooster Run, as I do.

“I’m off for the chop now, Ginger x”

Rooster Run 2 is due for launch subsequent yr and is being directed by Sam Fell, who additionally directed Flushed Away and Paranorman.

Based on IMDb web site, the one credited performers for the film to date are Julia’s Completely Fabulous co-star Jane Horrocks, in addition to Lynn Ferguson and Greg Salata, with Jim Broadbent tipped for a task within the movie.

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