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Eddie Redmayne Joins Aardman’s ‘Early Man’

Academy Award-winning actor from ‘The Theory of Everything’ joins Nick Park’s new stop-motion animated prehistoric comedy adventure ‘Early Man’ as the voice of Dug.

Dug & Hognob.

Aardman and StudioCanal have announced that Eddie Redmayne has joined Nick Park’s new prehistoric comedy adventure Early Man as the voice of Dug. Pictured in the studio this week, Eddie Redmayne is the first cast member to be revealed as production begins.

“Not only is Eddie a joy to work with, his versatility and boundless energy have really helped to bring my new character to life,” Park Comments. “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, 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. 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 hilarious 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 U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand -- selling worldwide. The BFI (British Film Institute) is also a partner on Early Man.

StudioCanal Release Dates:

U.K.: January 26, 2018

France: January 31, 2018

Germany: March 29, 2018

Australia/NZ: March 29, 2018

Source: Aardman/StudioCanal

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.