Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Brett Goldstein and Bowen Yang Board 'Garfield' Movie

Emmy-winning Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein and Saturday Night Live breakout Bowen Yang are the latest to join the voice cast of the upcoming animated Garfield movie.


Chris Pratt will star as the lasagna-loving cat, with Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham, Cecily Strong and Ving Rhames also lending their voices to the feature.

Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson’s Alcon Entertainment is behind the new Garfield feature, which has been picked up for worldwide — excluding China — by Sony Pictures, with a May 24, 2024, theatrical release set. David Reynolds (Finding Nemo) penned the screenplay with Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove. Mark Dindal (The Emperor’s New Groove, Chicken Little) will direct.

Created by Jim Davis, Garfield first appeared in comics sections in 1978, with the lazy orange tabby cat often causing problems for Jon Arbuckle, his human owner, and the lovable household dog Odie. Garfield, which debuted in 41 newspapers, currently holds the record as the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world. Garfield previously appeared on the big screen in live-action/animated hybrid Garfield in 2004 and its sequel, 2006’s Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. In these movies, both produced by 20th Century Fox, Bill Murray voiced the titular cat.

The new Garfield film has been in development since late 2018, before Nickelodeon acquired the Garfield franchise in August 2019

Prior to Nickelodeon acquiring the rights, Alcon acquired the rights from Davis, who will serve as an executive producer on the film along with Bridget McMeel from Amuse and Craig Sost. John Cohen and Steven P. Wegner produce alongside Kosove and Johnson. DNEG Animation, which recently worked on the animated feature Ron’s Gone Wrong, will animate and produce the film. DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra and president Tom Jacomb are both serving as producers.

Goldstein, repped by WME, Mosaic, B-Side Management, LARK and Hansen Jacobson, is an exec producer, writer and star on the beloved Apple series Ted Lasso. He is the creator of the upcoming Apple series Shrinking, with Ted Lasso’s Bill Lawrence and Jason Segel.

Yang has received multiple Emmy Nominations for his work on SNL; other recent feature credits include The Lost City, Fire Island and Bros. He is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment.

The movie is based on the classic comic strip by Jim Davis, who sold the rights to financer/producer Alcon Entertainment (Blade Runner: Black Lotus) and will serve as executive producer. DNEG (Ron’s Gone Wrong) is producing the animation.

It was announced in May that Samuel L. Jackson (Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, Incredibles) had joined the cast of the animated film as Vic, Garfield's father, a new character created for the film. Joining Pratt and Jackson are Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Wendell & Wild), Nicholas Hoult (The Great, Watership Down), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso, Krapopolis) and Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live, Loafy). Details on which characters the stars will play have not been revealed, though other fan-favorite characters like Garfield's canine friend Odie and their owner Jon Arbuckle are expected to appear in the film as well.

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