Comic book legend Stan Lee will create and star in a trilogy of animated movies, EW.com’s Inside TV reports. The productions are in the works for Hub Network, and will include a cartoon version of Lee, the piece reports.
"SLAM 7" will feature actors such as Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory" and Sean Astin of "The Hobbit" as superheroes from outer space. Lee’s character is desperate for a new comic book idea when he finds a spaceship in the desert, the story says.
The title stands for "Stan Lee and the Mighty Seven." Also lined up to play superheroes are Armie Hammer, Christian Slater, Teri Hatcher, Darren Criss and Flea, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"Here I am, the world’s only witness to a spaceship that crashed,” Lee told the publication. “As I get closer to it, timidly I might add, I see people getting out of it. They survived the crash. And there are seven aliens. They look kind of human, but each one has a specific superpower. What happens is that I ask them if they would let me write about them. If they would work with me, I would make them superheroes here on Earth and I want exclusive rights to their story. I’ll write all the things that they do. And they say OK."
The first movie will air in March 2014. Plans are already under way for 26 episodes to follow the trilogy, the story says.
Hub, a digital cable and satellite channel aimed at children and families, is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro.