Alejandro González Iñárritu was supposed to direct the film but dropped out due to scheduling issues.
This marks the second time that Benedict Cumberbatch has voiced a villain in a remake of an animated film. He previously voiced Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), for which Andy Serkis was a second unit director. This is also the second time that Cumberbatch has played a character named Khan. He previously appeared in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
To date, this is only the third time Christian Bale has provided voice work for a non live-action role in a career spanning 30 years. He previously played Thomas in Pocahontas (1995) and Howl in the English version of Howl's Moving Castle (2004).
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