Aardman Animation and StudioCanal have announced today that Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning actor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl) will voice the leading role in their upcoming comedy-adventure, ‘Early Man’. Redmayne will be voicing Dug, the titular caveman, and is the first cast member to be revealed as production begins.
“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,” commented director Nick Park.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. The film marks Nick Park’s first feature directing role since 2005‘s Academy Award-winning ‘Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’ and will be supported by a script by accomplished screenwriter Mark Burton.
‘Early Man’ continues the production partnership with Aardman and StudioCanal following the success of Shaun the Sheep Movie. StudioCanal is co-financing and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, selling worldwide. The BFI (British Film Institute) is also a partner on Early Man.
Release dates have been set for U.K. (January 26, 2018), France (Jan. 31, 2018) and Germany (March 29, 2018).