Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’: David Tennant, Ariyon Bakare, Rob Brydon and Joe Sugg Join Voice Cast For Sky Animated Feature
The cast for the upcoming Sky Original ‘The Amazing Maurice’, based on Terry Pratchett’s best-selling novel, has added four new people to an already impressive lineup, as they announce David Tennant, Ariyon Bakare, Rob Brydon and Joe Sugg will voices characters in the animated feature, coming in 2022 to Sky Cinema.
‘The Amazing Maurice’ follows Maurice, a streetwise ginger cat who has the perfect money-making scam. He finds a kid who plays a pipe, and he also befriends his very own horde of strangely educated, talking rats – so Maurice can no longer think of them as ‘lunch’. When Maurice and the rodents reach the stricken town of Bad Blintz, they meet a bookworm, Malicia. Their little con soon goes down the drain as something very bad is waiting for them in the cellars.
David Tennant (‘Doctor Who’) is, of course, no stranger to Pratchett adaptations, having starred in the Amazon/BBC adaptation of ‘Good Omens’. Other additional cast announced today include Ariyon Bakare (‘His Dark Materials’), Rob Brydon (‘Roald & Beatrix: The Tale of the Curious Mouse’), Julie Atherton (‘Avenue Q’) and YouTuber/actor Joe Sugg.
They join the previously announced cast of Hugh Laurie (‘Avenue 5’), who is set to lead the cast voicing Maurice, with Emilia Clarke (‘Game of Thrones’) as Malicia, David Thewlis (‘Wonder Woman’) as Boss Man, Himesh Patel (‘Yesterday’) as Keith, Gemma Arterton (‘The King’s Man’) as Peaches and Hugh Bonneville (‘Downton Abbey’) as The Mayor.
The film is co-produced by Sky, Ulysses Filmproduktion and Cantilever Media in partnership with Global Screen, with animation studios Studio Rakete (Hamburg) and Red Star Animation (Sheffield). The film has the full support of the Terry Pratchett estate and is produced in association with Narrativia. Producers are Julia Stuart (Sky), Emely Christians (Ulysses), Andrew Baker and Robert Chandler (Cantilever Media) and Rob Wilkins (Narrativia). The Film is directed by Toby Genkel, co-director is Florian Westermann, from a screenplay by Terry Rossio.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is a children’s fantasy by Sir Terry Pratchett, published by Doubleday in 2001 and has sold nearly 90 million books worldwide. It was the 28th novel in the Discworld series, but the first written for children. The Amazing Maurice is a lively and entertaining adventure inspired by the German fairy tale about the Pied Piper of Hamelin and a parody of the folk tale genre. Pratchett won the annual Carnegie Medal for the book – children’s literature’s highest award. Despite many other awards, honorary degrees and the knighthood that followed, Sir Terry Pratchett always emphasised that this was the award of which he was most proud.
‘The Amazing Maurice’ will premiere on Sky Cinema in the UK in 2022.
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