It was bound to crop up sooner or later, but after months and months of speculation and rumors, we finally will know what the main cast of Big Hero 6 will sound like.
Late last night, in an exclusive reveal to USA Today, Big Hero 6‘s directors Don Hall and Chris Williams gave an in-depth rundown on each of the main characters making up the titular team.
Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter)
First up was Hiro Hamada, voiced by Ryan Potter (Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas). Hiro is confirmed as being half-Japanese, half-Caucasian and the red circles on the gloves of his flight suit allow him to magnetically connect to Baymax’s back and as such they act as a tag team in battle.
Robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond—and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.
Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit)
Scott Adsit (of 30 Rock fame) provides the voice of Hiro’s robot companion, Baymax. Adsit was chosen by the directors for his sharp timing and his ability to bring comedy and even humanity to the character. So much so that, as Chris Williams explains, “there are moments when there’s real emotion that seems to poke through without breaking the rules of Baymax being a robot.”
The world’s most compassionate robot. BAYMAX cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the “Big Hero 6.”
Fred (voiced by T.J. Miller)
As confirmed early on, T.J.Miller lends his comedic talents to Fred, who is a big sci-fi and comic book geek with a love for monster movies. He wears what’s essentially a weaponized creature suit, piloted from one of its three eyes. It’s designed to be an homage to Godzilla and other classic Japanese kaiju movies and according to Don Hall and has some really cool abilities. “He can jump really high, and he breathes wicked fire out of that mouth,” Hall explains.
Fanboy FRED comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places—when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.
Go Go Tomago (voiced by Jamie Chung)
Also confirmed a while ago is Jamie Chung, who voices Go Go Tomago. Described by Hall as a Clint Eastwood-type character, “A woman of few words,” as the article put it. She’s an industrial-engineering student and most definitely the tough girl in the group. She developed a bike with magnetic-levitation, an invention that’s incorporated by Hiro into her supersuit. From Hall, “She can roll around on these mag-lev discs, and they can detach on a whim and become blades she can throw.”
GO GO TOMAGO, who knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with “Big Hero 6,” she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.
Honey Lemon (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez)
Genesis Rodriguez, well known for her roles in several Telemundo telenovelas, voices Honey Lemon. She is the glue that holds the team together due to her positive and sweet personality and attitude. Her costume design could go through some major changes, as Chris Williams notes: “she goes through one of the sharpest evolutions of the bunch.”
It’s elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON. Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the “Big Hero 6” and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam.
Wasabi (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.)
Finally, Damon Wayans Jr. Rounds out the cast as Wasabi, which confirms a very small rumor that’s been floating around for a good while. Despite being a fairly huge and bulky man, his expertise is precision and rules, and thus he is the most cautious and reluctant about being a superhero. He does eventually adjust to it, though, as Williams points out: “He’s this huge guy, but his whole thing is precision and rules, and by the end of the movie, he moves away from that and embraces the chaos of what being a superhero is all about.”
WASABI is committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.
While there’s still no info on Maya Rudolph’s character, it’s a pretty good guess at this stage that she might be Hiro (and his brother Tadashi’s) mom.
This is, all in all, quite literally our biggest chunk of info on Big Hero 6 yet. The cast looks pretty good, and the official, final renders of the characters are all pretty neat. (Some still think that Honey still looks a bit like Rapunzel, but overall her design looks good.)
We can expect to see Hiro and company in action when the first full trailer debuts tomorrow. We can also expect to learn more about the movie itself at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
Oh My Disney also released the cast information but snuck in a few other characters beyond the main Big Hero 6 crime-fighting team.
Tadashi Hamada (voice by Daniel Henny)
Daniel Henny will play Hiro’s older brother Tadashi Hamada, who is an all around good guy. He’s a loving, kind, big brother and is always looking out for Hiro. He actually is the reason Baymax exists; he built, developed and programmed the unique state-of-the-art nurse robot, which is expected to help millions worldwide.
Aunt Cass (voiced by Maya Rudolph)
Maya Rudolph will be playing the Hamada brothers’ overworked but always-supportive Aunt Cass, She is the brothers’ legal guardian, who is the owner of a popular San Fransokyo bakery and coffee shop that she runs out of her ‘painted lady’ Victoria home. Aunt Cass is “proud, ebullient and thinks the world of her two genius nephews. She’s always good for a laugh and ready with a hug, tirelessly there for support and a great home-cooked meal.”
Professor Robert Callaghan (voiced by James Cromwell)
James Cromwell will be playing Professor Callaghan, who is the head of the robotics pogram at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. He is also Tadashi’s professor and mentor with whom Hiro becomes star-struck by when Hiro visits the institute. Callaghan “immediately sees the potential in the 14-year-old boy prodigy, encouraging him to put his brain to better use.”
Alistair Krei (voiced by Alan Tudky)
Alan Tudky will play Alistair Krei, the pioneer entrepreneur and tech guru. He is the most illustrious alum of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and the owner of one of the biggest technology companies in the world, Krei Tech. He is always looking for the next big thing and he, like Professor Callaghan, becomes immediately impressed with Hiro’s ingenuity when Krei visits the Insitute to attend a showcase.
No voice actor was given for Yokai, the silent masked man who ultimately becomes the biggest villain in San Fransokyo. He is at the center of a terrible event that turns Hiro’s world upside, causing him to bring together his nerdy group of friends into young vigilantes known as the Big Hero 6. Their one mission: “track down Yokai and bring him to justice.”
Big Hero 6 lands in theaters November 7th.
What do you think of the voice cast and info revealed about each of the main characters?
**Part of this article is a user-submitted post by Brandon Smith. Update and additional character descriptions added by Morgan Stradling.**