Proving there’s little he can’t do, Eddie Redmayne is signing on for Aardman and StudioCanal’s upcoming animated prehistoric soccer film, “Early Man.”
Redmayne will voice the central caveman character of Dug. The film will tell the story of Dug and his sidekick Hognob, who unite their tribe against its enemy to save the day and who also discover the game of soccer (or football) along the way. The film is set at the dawn of time, when woolly mammoths and dinosaurs still roamed the earth.
Nick Park, who has not directed a feature film since 2005’s Academy Award-winning “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” is on board to direct the film. Park also won Oscars for his animated short films “A Close Shave,” “The Wrong Trousers” and “Creature Comforts.”
Of the casting announcement, Park said, “Not only is Eddie a joy to work with, his versatility and boundless energy have really helped to bring my new character to life. He embodies the cheeky charm, fun and plucky wit of Dug, and I’m sure he’ll get along brilliantly with Dug’s sidekick Hognob.”
Redmayne won the Oscar for Best Actor two years ago for his performance as renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” He was also nominated in the same category last year for his role in “The Danish Girl.” He will be seen next in the Harry Potter spin-off film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” as leading character Newt Scamander.
The “Early Man” casting news came this morning by way of Cannes. No word yet on who else will round out the cast.