‘Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey and comedian and talk show host John Oliver are set to join the multi-talented voice cast led by comedy actor Alexander Armstrong.
The team behind FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment’s new reboot of the iconic 80s animation series Danger Mouse wowed the crowds at Comic-Con 2015 in San Diego last week with a lively panel which discussed the series’ return, revealed exclusive casting news and debuted a world preview exclusive.
With the eagerly-anticipated new series set to screen on CBBC in the U.K. later this year and rollout in the U.S. and internationally on Netflix in 2016, the Comic-Con panel comprised series executive producers Bob Higgins (Aquabats Supershow, The Ricky Gervais Show) and Chapman Maddox (Grojband, Max Steel), executive producer and head of CBBC acquisitions, animation and drama development Sarah Muller (Wolfblood, Strange Hill High), and lead writer Ben Ward (Horrible Histories, Tracy Beaker).
The panel revealed that actress Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, Dredd) and leading comedian, satirical presenter and talk show host John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) are set to join the multi-talented voice cast led by comedy actor Alexander Armstrong in the role of Danger Mouse. Headey is set to provide the super-smart voice of U.S. Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, while Oliver will voice the role of mad scientist wolf Dr. Augustus P Crumhorn III.
It was also revealed exclusively that villainous vampire duck and original Danger Mouse spin-off character Count Duckula will appear in the new series, testing Danger Mouse’s resolve with his traditionally dark and dangerous ways.
Meanwhile a world-exclusive preview of the new series was shown to great acclaim, while the panel also discussed the enduring appeal of the 80s TV icon and discussed the challenges of updating a much-loved cartoon character for a whole new generation of viewers.
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“The Con fans were amazing and wildly supportive in the room,” said FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment EVP of production and creative Bob Higgins. “The reaction to the episode and to the casting announcements was truly overwhelming…and I’m psyched that the excitement seems to be extending into social media and with the preview clip being shared globally!”
Licensed to thrill a whole new generation of fans, this reimagined new series follows the misadventures of the heroic, small but perfectly formed super spy Danger Mouse who returns in style to save a world teetering on the edge of disaster. Bursting with boundless confidence the show’s hero is still as cool as ever as he attempts to overthrow a host of villainous rivals with the help of hapless hamster Penfold and a collection of state-of-the-art gadgetry and vehicles.
Commissioned by Controller of CBBC, Cheryl Taylor, the co-production with FremantleMedia Kids & Family is being animated by Boulder Media, with Sarah Muller executive producer for CBBC, and Bob Higgins and Chapman Maddox executive producers for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment. FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment owns the global TV and licensing rights to the series.