Deadline is reporting that Peter Serafinowicz has been cast as the lead in the Amazon pilot The Tick, a new take on the spoof superhero with an all-new cast.
The new series will see Ben Edlund, who created the character in 1994, as writer and executive producer, with Patrick Warburton, who portrayed the Tick in Fox’s 2001 live action comedy, serving as executive producer.
In the new incarnation, the blue-suited Tick is recovering from a memory loss and ends up reteaming with his sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman) to fight evil.
We know what you’re thinking: Peter Who?
Well, Peter is a British actor best known in the U.S. for his roles in Spy, Guardians of the Galaxy and Shaun of the Dead. He was also the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode 1 – the Phantom Menace.
But more importantly than that, and particularly appropriate for The Tick, he is also a brilliant mimic and comedian famous for his impersonation skills, as this clip demonstrates:
In the U.K., he’s known for his work in cult comedy shows like Look Around You and Spaced, and for his own award-winning show The Peter Serafinowicz Show, which aired from 2007 through 2008 and spoofed just about everything, from TV commercials, Columbo, to The Beatles, an accent he’s particularly good at, as a Liverpudlian himself.
Most recently, however, he’s come to prominence for his dubbing of Donald Trump speeches, giving the billionaire businessman different voices, from a sophisticated British accent to that of a Cockney geezer.
It’s certainly an inspired choice for the role. Watch this space to see if it gets a big tick from viewers too.Read More