Superstar and three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson is gearing up to release her seventh non-holiday studio album later in 2017. While preparing for the release and promotion following, she's picked up another project to lend her voice to. Sony Pictures Animation will release the animated film "The Star," previously known as "The Lamb," on November 10 depicting the first Christmas.
The animated film is based on the Nativity story and Sony Pictures Animation brings animal characters to life." In 'The Star,' a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas," the official website states.
"The Star" is filled with an extensive lineup of well-known names including Steven Yeun of "The Walking Dead" who will voice "Bo," Oprah Winfrey, Gabriel Iglesias, "Saturday Night Live" star Aidy Bryant, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson will lend her voice to the role of Leah the horse. It will be the first time Clarkson has taken part in an animated film in her near 15 year career.
It's not however the first time Clarkson has been in an "acting" role since winning the first season of "American Idol" in 2002. She starred as herself in the contractually obligated "From Justin to Kelly" movie musical, starred in one episode of mentor and friend's show "Reba," and in 2013 played herself again in the TV sitcom "The Crazy Ones" starring Robin Williams.
In recent years, Clarkson has been stepping outside her musical world to take part in projects such as those mentioned. Then on Oct. 4, 2016, Clarkson released her first children's book "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby" that she wrote for first born daughter River Rose. It was inspired by River traveling with Team KC promoting sixth album Piece by Piece and Clarkson wrote short stories to go with photos she took of her daughter's adventures. It landed on the New York Times Best-Seller List upon its debut.
"The Star" was written by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore and will be executive produced by Devon Franklin who has worked on faith-centric films along with Lisa Henson and Brian Henson.