Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow have
signed on as animal voices in the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The
Zookeeper," starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson.

The five reportedly will voice animals at the zoo where keeper James longs for
his female love interest played by Dawson. Sandler will be the voice of a
capuchin monkey while Cher is slotted to be a giraffe. Favreau has been cast as
a bear, Stallone as a lion and Apatow as an elephant.

As previously reported, a majority of the film's scenes are slotted to be shot at
Franklin Park Zoo located at 1 Franklin Park Rd. and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.

Production is scheduled to kick off in July, confirms that there will be specific
areas of the zoo that will be renovated, paid for by a donation made by the
production company.

James, currently filming scenes at Woodman's of Essex with Sandler and crew for
the ultimate buddy flick "Grown Ups," will play the title role in the film produced
by Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. In "The Zookeeper," he plays a zoo
caretaker who consults with the animals in an attempt to learn their methods of
dating and mating to help him win back the woman of his dreams.

Production crews plan to shell out major money to spruce up the Franklin Park
Zoo, with renovations and landscaping slotted to benefit the non-profit zoo for
extended period even after the production is done.

Craig Rabe of Boston says "he noticed that the production crew for 'The
Zookeeper' has taken over a large part of the middle of the zoo to create a set."
Rabe confirmed with a zoo official that designers "are spending at least the next
six weeks building the set," with design beginning in late May.
Cher, Stallone, Sandler ready to roar in
'The Zookeeper' film
by Roland Hansen
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