Tim Johnson is directing the film about a friendly alien race that invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy.
The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and singer-actress Rihanna will play the lead voices in Happy Smekday!, a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the award-winning book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.
Tim Johnson, who co-directed DWA’s Antz andOver the Hedge, is sitting solo in the helmer’s chair for Smekday!, which the studio hopes to release during the fourth quarter of 2014.
In Smekday!, a friendly alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl, embarking on a comical road trip across a postapocalyptic America and learning what it really means to be human.
Parsons (CAA, Principal Entertainment, Hansen Jacobson), a two-time Emmy winner for Big Bang, has done voicework for a handful of shows, including iCarly and Family Guy.This will be the voice acting debut for Rihanna (WME, Rebel One Management), who made her live-action film debut in this summer’s Battleship.