Ricky Gervais voicing Robot Spy Dog in Spy Kids 4

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There’s always been some kind of ‘special guest’ cameo in the “Spy Kids” films. In the first couple, George Clooney played the head of the spy agency – appearing only via computer monitor; in the first sequel, Bill Paxton – I believe because he hails from Texas, where the movie was filmed – had a small role. Escapes me if anyone had a cameo in the third… but you get the picture. Now Dimension tells us Ricky Gervais will be lending his unmistakable vocals to “Spy Kids : All the Time in the World” (that’s the fourth “Spy Kids” for those not keeping score).
Here’s the press release :

RICKY GERVAIS LENDS HIS VOICE TO SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
New York, NY (May 6, 2011) – Funnyman Ricky Gervais is lending his voice to the family action adventure SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD and will be featured as the outrageous robot spy dog, Argonaut.

Gervais joins the talented ensemble cast which includes Jessica Alba (“Machete”), Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”), Joel McHale (TV’s “Community” and “The Soup”) and young stars Rowan Blanchard (TV’s “Dancelot Robot“) and Mason Cook (“Treasure Buddies“).  Also reprising their roles from the previous films are Antonio Banderas (“The Mask of Zorro”), Danny Trejo (“Machete”), Alexa Vega (“From Prada To Nada) and Daryl Sabara (“Machete”).

“Not only am I lending my voice to Spy Kids, but they can keep it.  I’m sick of it,” said Gervais.

The film is directed and written by Robert Rodriguez (“Sin City,” The “Spy Kids” Trilogy)  and will be released in 3-D nationwide on August 19, 2011.

The record-breaking “Spy Kids” Trilogy (“Spy Kids,” “Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams,” and “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over”)  have collectively grossed over $450 million worldwide.

On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all…married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids.  But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don’t want her around, is her toughest challenge yet.  Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn’t know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case – Marissa’s a retired secret agent.

Marissa’s world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she’s called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created.  With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world’s most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits.  With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they’re at it.

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979.  TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes, most recently Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, winner of four 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture; Derek Cianfrance’s Academy Award®-nominated BLUE VALENTINE; John Wells’ feature directorial debut, THE COMPANY MEN; Julian Schnabel’s MIRAL; and Wes Craven’s SCRE4M.  Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD;  HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; and 2011 Golden Globe® Best Foreign Language Film nominee THE CONCERT.   Upcoming releases include SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD, APOLLO 18, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, THE DETAILS and MY WEEK WITH MARILYN.   Recently wrapping is I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT.  Currently in production is COGAN’S TRADE.

TWC is also active in television production, with credits including the Emmy® Award-winning hit reality series “Project Runway,” and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.”  The company is producing two “Project Runway” spinoffs, “Project Runway: Masters” and “Project Runway: Accessories,” which are expected to debut in 2011.  The company currently has 15 series in different stages of development, including: “Mob Wives,” a reality series for VH1; “Marco Polo,” a scripted historical series about the great explorer; “The Nanny Diaries,” based on the hit book; and “The Mad Ones,” adapted from the Mafia novel of the same name.