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Salma Hayek’s Animated ‘Prophet’ Set for Aug. 7 Release in U.S.

GKids has set an Aug. 7 release date for “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the animated feature produced by Salma Hayek-Pinault.

“The Prophet” will debut in Los Angeles and New York on its opening weekend and then expand.

The story portrays the unlikely friendship between a young mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet. The film has distilled the 26 poems in Gibran’s 1923 classic into a collection of eight animated films from eight directors.

The film includes the voices of Hayek-Pinault, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhane Wallis. Directors include Tomm Moore (“Song of the Sea”), Joan Gratz (“Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase”), Joann Sfar (“The Rabbi’s Cat”), Bill Plympton (“In Your Face”), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”), Michal Socha (“Chick”) and Mohammed Harib (“Freej”).

Producers are Hayek-Pinault, Clark Peterson, Jose Tamez and Ron Senkowski. Participant Media is financing along with Doha Film Institute, FFA Private Bank, MyGroup Lebanon, Financiere Pinault and Code Red Productions.

The film debuted at Cannes last year and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Two GKids releases — “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, and “Song of the Sea,” from Tomm Moore — received Oscar nominations this year.

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