Aardman Animation, the Bristolian claymation geniuses behind the likes of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, have recruited Oscar Winning Actor Eddie Redmayne to voice the lead character in their upcoming film “Early Man”. Redmayne will lend his voice to the character Dug, who will pair up with the pre-historic pig Hognob in a quest to unite Dug’s tribe in preparation to battle a fearsome enemy.
The film, which takes place in the prehistoric times when Mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers roamed the earth, will be directed by Nick Park, and will be his first film since he directed the Oscar winning Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Speaking about working with Redmayne, who is so far the only confirmed cast member of the feature, Nick Park had this to say:
“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.”
To coincide with the announcement of Eddie Redmayne’s casting, Aardman Animations released the first images for the film, one with Redmayne appearing by a model of his character, and another with his character Dug and his sidekick Hognob side by side.
Animation of this style takes years to perfect, and even though this one has been in the works for a while, we won’t see it on our screens until 26th January, 2018.
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