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Peter Andre to star in new Thomas & Friends film

Published on: June 12th, 2018

The singer and entertainer will guest star as a mischievous Australian rally car called Ace. 

Thomas the Tank Engine has welcomed Australian entertainer Peter Andre, who becomes the latest celebrity to voice a character in Thomas & Friends.

Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie is the thirteenth feature-length film to be produced by the franchise, and is released following a major refresh to Thomas & Friends content. In the new 80-minute CG-animated special, which is showing at 400 cinemas throughout the UK from 20th July before hitting screens globally, Peter brings to life the central character of Ace, a bright yellow and cheeky Australian rally car that inspires Thomas to leave his home of Sodor and travel around the world with him. Peter has also recorded a new song for the movie called Free and Easy, which will be available on Spotify for the launch of the movie.

Peter commented: “It is a real honour to be voicing the character of Ace in the new movie, and such a buzz for me to be doing my first worldwide movie voiceover for something that I loved as a child, and that my kids now love too. With Thomas leaving Sodor for the first time ever in this new movie, and travelling around the world on his adventures, it is incredible for me to help introduce young viewers to the diverse range of cultures, different ways of life and animals that exist on our planet today. It’s really nice to see that Thomas & Friends has embraced this – it is a great new direction for the show and I think it’s going to be fantastic.”

New Fisher-Price toys will support the movie, such as the Thomas & Friends Turbo Jungle Set, and Nia engines in the TrackMaster, Wood and Adventures segments. Peter’s character, Ace, will be available as a toy in both the Adventures and TrackMaster ranges this summer.

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