The Oscar-nominated English actress will star opposite Aussie Hugh Jackman, famous for his steely appearance as Wolverine in Brian Singer's X-Men franchise, in the imaginative film that tells the tale of a family of sewer rats.
Due to the ambitious scale of the latest offering from the Bristol-based studio, production on the movie will take place in Los Angeles.
Aardman's previous outing include Chicken Run and the Wallace and Gromit series, with Oscar-winning director Nick Park understood to be currently working on a feature-length movie of the cheese-loving buffoon and his silent but trusty canine companion.
Due for release in 2006, Flushed Away will feature Rita the rat who joins forces with a posh rat in the city of Ratropolis when their apparently idyllic habitat is cast under threat.
Other voice talents scrambling like rats onto a sinking ship include Lord of the Rings faithfuls Andy Serkis and Sir Ian McKellen.
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