'Glee's' Lea Michele gets animated as 'Dorothy of Oz'

lea-michele-getty-320.jpg "Glee" star Lea Michele is putting on Judy Garland's ruby slippers -- or at least an animated representation of her is.

Michele has signed on to play Dorothy Gale in an animated film called "Dorothy of Oz." The movie is being made by independent company Summertime Entertainment and is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring of 2012.

"She's our Judy Garland," producer Bonne Radford tells the Los Angeles Times about Michele. The role will have her singing several songs as well as doing voiceover work.

"Dorothy of Oz" is based on a children's book by Roger Baum, the great-grandson of "Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum. The story finds Dorothy returning to Oz to find the magical land in a state of decay and her old friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion disappeared.

The voice cast also includes Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Short. Dan St. Pierre ("Everyone's Hero") is directing, and Randi Barnes, Barry Glasser and Adam Balsam are the credited writers.

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