Bruno Mars To Lend His Voice To "Rio 2"

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Rio 2 director Carlos Saldanha has added a new voice to the mix, in the sequel of the popular animated movie Rio.

Bruno Mars, the pop superstar who rocked the stage during this year's Super Bowl, will be joining the cast of Rio 2 as a macaw bird named Roberto.

Saldanha first became interested in casting Mars for a voiceover after seeing him host Saturday Night Live in October 2012. Despite having to make a few revisions to the character, Saldanha felt that Mars was a perfect fit for the role.

"He pushed it in a way that said 'this is the character' and we felt we could push it," Saldanha said.

Not only will Mars be taking on a role in the film, he will also be contributing some songs to the soundtrack that will be released on April 11th, the same day that the film will open in theaters. Another pop star, Janelle Monáe, will be lending some songs to the soundtrack as well.

The music in Rio 2 will be a little different from the first movie. The 12 songs on the soundtrack will be traditional folk songs rooted in Brazil.

"It's a different kind of music from the first one, which was mostly samba," Saldanha said. "It's multicultural and represents Brazil and the USA. We looked at folk dancing and folk songs of the region. Sergio and Carlos have great ears and they make sure everything is done (rhythmically) the way it's done in Brazil."

While there may be a few new voices joining the cast, original cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, and Jamie Foxx will be reprising their roles.

What the official trailer for Rio 2 below:

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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