We know of two films in the works at one of our favorite animation studios, Aardman, right now. There’s a sequel to the delightful Shaun The Sheep: The Movie. But before that, Nick Park is directing a feature for the first time since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. This is mighty exciting news.
The feature in question is Early Man, that features the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, and Maisie Williams. Furthermore, it’s now been confirmed that Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall and Selina Griffiths are lending their tones to the film too.
A first trailer for the movie has been released as well, which gives us a fuller flavor as to what to expect…
The official synopsis reads…
EARLY MAN is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award-winning director Nick Park and AARDMAN, the creators of WALLACE AND GROMIT and SHAUN THE SHEEP. Shot in Aardman’s own distinctive style, the film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (EDDIE REDMAYNE) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (TOM HIDDLESTON) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.EARLY MAN, currently filming in Bristol, 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 alongside the BFI (British Film Institute) and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, selling worldwide. The BFI (British Film Institute) is proud to support EARLY MAN with National Lottery funding.
Early Man arrives in cinemas in January 2018. We’re rather looking forward to it.