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This page raises some issues for me, and a general question on handling redlinks for development projects. The source for Whitaker's involvement and all the other cast info we have on Where the Wild Things Are comes from a single Hollywood Reporter article from May, 2006 which has been repeated over the internet (and coincidentally or otherwise, the fallible IMDb has since removed one name from that list, Benicio del Toro). So, that raises the question: should we wait to create pages for performers in such cases, until the film is either out or more direct presskit info is available? With a release date currently set for fall 2008, a lot could change. In all probability, Whitaker probably is still in the cast, but we really don't know, since voices are the easiest thing to change before release (The Adventures of Pinocchio trailer had Wallace Shawn as the cricket for one line, and even credited, but the finished film had an entirely different voice actor). I suppose one stub like this one wouldn't hurt until we either find out specifics about the role and confirm participation, but I don't want it to become a trend. Right now, my own feeling is to remove all redlinks from that page, and in all other development cases when our info on cast is based on press announcements of cast signings, and not on the final product. Thoughts? -- Andrew Leal (talk) 23:24, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

I agree. —Scott (talk) 15:23, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
Would it be acceptable now, to give these cast members articles? Or is the Creature Shop connection to the casting to trivial? -- Zanimum 13:15, September 8, 2009 (UTC)
Whitaker (and any other voices) would go in Category:Creature Shop Voice Actors, as long as they actually voice a Creature (which is the case here), so sure, feel free to create pages. At this point, there's no uncertainty or development or relying on iffy outdated reports, though it should be noted that IMDb's page is still incomplete so, if there's any question as to whether anyone's actually in it (most of the voices by now have been interviewed or identified in the trailer or early reviews and so on, so those are good sources), better to wait a few weeks. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 23:24, September 29, 2009 (UTC)

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