Epic-Character-Poster-Mub-and-GrubChris Wedge (Ice Age) returns behind the camera for his third feature next month, bringing another animated blockbuster to theatres with Blue Sky Studios’ Epic.

We were treated to a brilliant new trailer last month, recently followed by a new featurette focusing on Beyoncé Knowles and her character, Queen Tara. And a set of character posters has recently been released, giving us a look at Knowles’ Queen Tara alongside her animated co-stars.

EPIC is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good who keep the natural world alive and the forces of evil who wish to destroy it. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours.

The voice cast for the animated blockbuster is expected excellent, led by Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis, Pitbull, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson, Judah Friedlander, and Beyoncé.

Wedge is returning behind the camera for the first time since 2005’s Robots. And he’s doing so directing from a script by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart) and Daniel Shere.

Epic will be released in 3D on 22nd May here in the UK, with its US release date following shortly after on May 24th. The film’s trailers have been very promising, and I have a feeling this will be a strong contender for best animated film of the year.