Bridges catches a wave

LeBeouf, Deschanel land 'Surf' turf

Jeff Bridges will lead a cast that includes Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel for Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming CGI pic “Surf’s Up,” due out in the summer of 2007.

Pic is an animated feature that goes behind the scenes in the world of competitive penguin surfing. The film profiles up-and-coming surf penguin Cody Maverick (LaBeouf) as he enters his first pro competition.

Bridges will voice the character of “the Geek,” a washed-up, overweight and cantankerous King Penguin who becomes young Cody’s mentor. Deschanel will play Lani, the penguin lifeguard of Pen Gu Island’s South Beach.

James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Jon Heder, Mario Cantone, Brian Benben and Michael McKean have also been cast.

“Surf’s Up” is being directed by animators Ash Brannon (“Toy Story 2”) and Chris Buck (“Tarzan”). Pic will be produced by Chris Jenkins (“Atlantis,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”). Lydia Bottegoni (VFX producer on both “Spider-Man” movies) will co-produce.

SPA is headed by exec VPs Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins.

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