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The forthcoming live-action film adaptation of the graphic novel Mouse Guard — with CG characters via performance capture — just got a little bit funnier. Over the weekend it was announced comedian Jack Whitehall (Fresh Meat) is set to join the cast, taking on the role of a guard named Kenzie, reports The Hollywood Reporter. 

Whitehall joins Idris Elba, who will portray the elder statesman Celanawe. 

OK, we have funny. We have sexy. What else is needed…? A motion capture specialist would come in handy. Enter: Andy Serkis, who has worked on a number of films implementing the technique, including The Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes franchises. Serkis will be playing the blacksmith-turned-villain Midnight.

We can also look for Game of Thrones actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Coincidentally, the Mouse Guard storyline has been compared to George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy series, with the latter story set in the medieval ages, examining a power of struggle amongst the ranks of rodents.

You may know Whitehall from his 2017 Netflix series Travels with My Father. You can also look for him in Neil Gaiman‘s Good Omens, opposite David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

In case you missed it, here’s Whitehall on stage showing off his comedic talent:

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By Brigid Brown