Aardman and Studiocanal have announced that Eddie Redmayne has joined Nick Park’s new prehistoric comedy adventure as the voice of Dug.
Pictured in the studio this week, Eddie is the first cast member to be revealed as production begins.
Nick Park commented: “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.”
Set at the dawn of time, Early Man tells the story of how caveman Dug, along with Hognob, unites his tribe against the Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. It also marks Nick Park’s first feature film since Academy Award-winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Supported by accomplished screenwriter Mark Burton, this new film unleashes an unforgettable cast of new characters.
Early Man continues the production partnership with Aardman and Studiocanal following the success of Shaun the Sheep Movie, directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak. 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.
The film is set to be released in the UK on 26th January 2018. France will follow on 31st January, and Germany and Australia will launch the film on 29th March.