The Rock In Alien BondageS

Be very afraid: Science Fiction is about to be invaded by cute, generic computer-generated animation. The family-friendly cast of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jessica Biel and Justin Long will provide the voices for New Line Cinema's first 3D CGI-movie, Planet 51. With a script written by the man behind the first two Shrek movies, could this movie sound any more unappealing? Learn more, and decide for yourself, after the jump.

Planet 51 is about a planet of paranoid aliens who are terrified of invaders. So when astronaut Chuck Baker (The Rock) shows up, they fear the worst. That in itself doesn't sound too bad, but the presence of a young cowardly alien trying to overcome his fears by helping Chuck evade capture, return to his spaceship and find his way home tends to suggest that there may be an uplifting Elton John-esque ballad or two in there somewhere, between culture-shock jokes and "Hey, aliens are, you know, just like us, why don't we all love each other?" moments. Biel and Long play aliens who fall in love. And Seann William Scott (Stiffler from American Pie) will play another alien.

The film's directed by Jorge Blanco, better known as the chief graphic artist on 1998's Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines PC game. It's due to be finished by March of next year, at which point we can all fondly remember such cinematic greats as Happy Feet. Click here for more pics. [Variety.com]