Friday, April 4, 2014

Anne Hathaway reprises as the voice of Jewel in Rio 2

Academy Award Winner Anne Hathaway reprises her role as the voice of Jewel in “Rio 2.”   Separated from her family after a massive fire where they nested, she finally reunites with her family in the second outing of Blue Sky’s worldwide hit (“Rio”) where she and Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) finally get to live with their own Blue Macaw species.

                Jewel, along with the reluctant Blu and their three chicks named Bia, Tiago and Carla fly to the Amazon when Linda and Tulio, now married, discovered a single blue feather swung past them after a dangerous fall from the Amazon’s rivers.  Convinced that the Blue Macaws are nestled somewhere within the thick forest, Linda and Tulio set out farther into the forest to find them. 

                Among “Rio’s” multitude of fans are two of its leading lights: Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg.  “The filmmakers and director Carlos Saldanha set a high bar with ‘Rio,’ but they’ve just blown the sky open with “Rio 2!” exclaims the Oscar-winning actress.    We’re reintroduced to Hathaway’s Jewel and Eisenberg’s Blu in RIO 2’s spectacular first scene, which tops even the gala musical sequence that opened “Rio.”

                “We had the idea of adding the emotional core of exploring Jewel’s back story,” producer John C. Donkin says. 

                “Rio 2” opens April 9 in more than 200 screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox and distributed by Warner Bros.

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