Aardman Animation has announced that ‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams has joined the cast of Nick Park’s new prehistoric comedy, ‘Early Man’. Williams joins previously announced cast-members Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston for the highly anticipated feature, currently in production at Aardman Studios in Bristol.
Williams, who is best known for playing Arya Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’, will voice the character Goona,“a gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends the film’s hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne), and helps steer him through the clash of the Stone Age and Bronze Age civilizations.”
Academy Award-winning director Nick Park was full of praise for the actress, saying "Maisie is a terrific actress, and she is of course no stranger to embodying a valiant heroine. I'm most excited to see her breathe life into Goona - I know she'll be the perfect ally to Eddie's Dug."
Williams responded by saying, "I’m a huge Aardman fan – having the chance to work with Nick Park is a dream come true, especially as I get to voice such a fantastic character as Goona. I can’t wait for audiences to meet her."
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.
‘Early Man’ is due out in the U.K. on January 26, 2018, before a greater rollout worldwide.