‘Strange Magic’ Interview: Evan Rachel Wood & Alan Cumming
'Strange Magic' Interview: Evan Rachel Wood & Alan Cumming

We talk to ‘Strange Magic’ stars Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming about the vocal acrobatics of George Lucas’ songbook.

Strange Magic transports us to a world of fairies, imps and goblins – who are all just really looking for love. Of course, just like the real world the search for love in a fantasy land comes with all kinds of romantic foibles and pratfalls of the heart – mostly thanks to the troublesome love potion of the Sugar-Plum Fairy (Kristen Chenoweth).

The biggest odd-pairing of the heart is no doubt fiercely independent warrior princess, Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) and the fierce leader of the goblins, The Bog King (Alan Cumming). We sat down with both Wood and Cumming at the Strange Magic press day to talk about love, voice acting, and the challenges of the movie’s unique songbook.

For those who don’t know, Strange Magic is a CGI fantasy musical based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, as re-imagined by Star Wars creator George Lucas. That means a world of strange Imps, fearsome Goblins and beautiful fairy princesses, along with a handful of comedic critters to spice up the fun. On top of all that is an eclectic songbook that combines contemporary pop songs like Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” with older Americana (and on-the-nose) musical selections like Electric Light Orchestra’s “Strange Magic”. Not your everyday animated feature, to be sure.

For Wood and Cumming, the biggest challenge (as stated in the video above) was keeping up with George Lucas widely eclectic (and constantly shifting) selection of songs. Wood in particular came away with newfound respect for Kelly Clarkson and her star-making vocals; not an easy act to imitate onscreen.

Strange Magic is now playing in theaters.

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