Irish actor Brendan Gleeson will be heard on screen opposite Hugh Grant in the all-star cast for the animated movie 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists'.

Also lending their vocal talents to the new film are Salma Hayek, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Ashley Jensen and Brian Blessed.

In his first animated role, Grant voices the Pirate Captain, with Gleeson one of the crew who joins him on his quest for the Pirate of the Year Award.

The film is produced by 'Wallace and Gromit' creators Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation and is described as Aardman's "most ambitious stop-motion film to date".

'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists' will be released on 30 March 2012.