Julia Sawalha prevailed at Aardman Animation after telling her that her role in the expected sequel to Chicken Run is being re-cast.
The 51-year-old British actress published a long statement on Twitter on Thursday, telling fans that she had been "wrongfully released" from the recently announced sequel to the 2000 film.
Julia voiced Ginger in the original film, and when the plot summary for the follow-up confirmed the character's return, the actress hoped that she would be back.
Dismissed: Julia Sawalha prevailed at Aardman Animation after being told that her role in the expected sequel to Chicken Run is being re-cast
Post a statement on Twitter under the heading & # 39; Chicken Run 2 Announcement! I was officially plucked, stuffed and roasted #ageism & # 39; Julia wrote that her & # 39; Out of the blue, it was said that the movie's creatives are planning a rewrite.
Last week I was emailed out of the blue about my agent that I would not be cast as ginger in the sequel to Chicken Run. The reason they gave is that my voice now sounds "too old" and they want a younger actress to repeat the role, "she wrote.
"Under these circumstances, an actress would normally be given the opportunity to take a language test to determine the suitability of her pitch and tone, but I was not given this opportunity."
Determined to prove that her voice hadn't changed in 20 years, Julia said that she had taken a language test at home and sent it to the producers, providing a link to the video.
Star: The 51-year-old actress posted a long statement on Twitter, telling fans that she had been wrongly released from the recently announced sequel to the 2000 film in which she had voiced Ginger
However, her efforts were wasted when she later received an email from producers saying that they were still planning to rewrite it.
"I received my letter of dismissal the day before the announcement that the" Lone Free Ranger "had been removed from the sequel and that Rocky's character should be re-voiced," she continued, referring to Melson's character Gibson in Original.
The reason was that his voice is now too old. I feel fed up with the same excuse.
& # 39; Ageism & # 39 ;: Julia has an explanation on Twitter under the heading & # 39; Chicken Run 2 announcement! I was officially plucked, stuffed and roasted #ageism & # 39;
“I went to great lengths to prove to the production that my voice is almost the same as in the original film. If you use some of the original actors … let's face it, I feel wrongly dismissed. & # 39;
She continued: “To say that I am devastated and angry would be an understatement. I feel totally powerless, something in all of that doesn't sound right. I trust my instincts and they wave red flags.
“I am sad that I lost the chance to work with Nick Park and Peter Lord, from whom I learned so much. The three of us created Ginger together. & # 39;
Julia ended her statement by saying that she wished the production to be successful, and said: "Today I wished the production good luck and the greatest success with the sequel," she concluded.
"All I can do is thank everyone who loved Chicken Run and still love it as much as I do. I'm going to the pork chop now, ”she added, before logging off as Ginger.
MailOnline asked Aardman for a comment.
Last month it was announced that Aardman & # 39; s Chicken Run 2 was recorded on the 20th anniversary of the original Netflix film.
The sequel was given the go-ahead two years ago after fans petitioned for its release, and the upcoming film is expected to be in full production in 2021.
Still Ginger: Determined to prove that her voice hadn't changed in 20 years, Julia said that she had taken a language test at home and sent it to the producers
Two decades after the first blockbuster, Sam Fell's British hit is still the most successful stop-motion animated film of all time and even won the Best Animated Feature award at the 2001 Critics & # 39; Choice Awards.
Chicken Run 2 will follow Ginger and Rocky's new life in a "Peace Island Sanctuary" that is free of people after fleeing Tweedy's Farm.
With the hen and rooster hatching a little girl named Molly, the couple's world seems complete, but they are later forced to pay attention to the dangers of the mainland.
The dynamic duo gathers their troops and jeopardizes their freedom to overcome the threat.
New Approach: "The reason they gave is that my voice now sounds" too old "and they want a younger actress to repeat the role," Julia told her fans
The first episode tells the story of a group of chickens trying to escape the dreaded slaughterhouse and making a military effort to thwart their owners, who started the chicken pot pie business.
There was a cast with British and Australian talents, including Sawalha, Oscar winner Mel Gibson, Damage star Miranda Richardson and Goodbye, and pet legend Timothy Spall.
No voice actors have been assigned to the second edition so far, but Aardman Staple Sam has returned after convincing fans with his efforts ParaNorman and Flushed Away.
I worked hard: "I went to great lengths to prove to the production that my voice is almost the same as in the original film," Julia continued with her language test
Working with Netflix, Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman said: “Fans around the world have been patiently waiting for a sequel worthy of Chicken Run. We are happy to announce on the 20th anniversary that we have found the perfect product history.
"Netflix also feels like the ideal creative partner for this project: They celebrate the filmmaker, which means that we can make the film we want to make – the one that is really important to us – and make it accessible to a global audience . "
The exciting project is published by the network in all countries except China.
Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, will act as creative advisor.
It goes on & # 39; s: Chicken Run 2 follows Ginger (center) and Rocky's new life in a & # 39; Peace Island sanctuary & # 39; which is free of people after fleeing Tweedy's farm
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