A flurry of new information about the upcoming claymation feature from the team behind Wallace & Gromit was released today (March 16), along with a first-look teaser trailer.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man follows prehistoric Dug, who sets out on an adventure with his trusty warthog sidekick Hognob.
And who was on hand to introduce our first peek at the action? None other than Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne, who’s leant his voice to the plucky caveman:
Now we know who some of those other voices belong to, too, and they represent a clutch of British talent.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chief Bobnar, voiced by Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), is the tribe’s long-suffering leader; Richard Ayoade (The I.T. Crowd) plays gentle giant Treebor; Selena Griffiths (Being Human) plays Treebor’s no-nonsense mother; while Johnny Vegas (The Brothers Grimsby) plays the brilliantly named Abso; and perhaps most intriguingly of all, Mark Williams (a.k.a. Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films) plays Barry, “whose best friend is a rock.”
We already knew Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams would voice Goona, a rebel who helps steer Dug through “a clash of the Stone Age and Bronze Age civilizations.”
And then there’s the small matter of the baddie, as represented in this film by the villainous and “ridiculously pompous” Lord Nooth. Who could possibly voice such a rogue? Why, Tom Hiddleston, of course.
Thumbs up, indeed. We reckon this one is going to be the usual winning mix of eccentric British humor and lovingly hand-crafted animation.
It opens January 26, 2018 in the U.K.; rest assured we’ll keep you posted on a U.S. release date.
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