Weta Workshop CG and miniature work highlights re-invented Gerry and Sylvia Anderson 1960s series.
A new trailer for ITV Studios’ and Pukeko Pictures’ soon to air Thunders Are Go! has just been released.
As AWN reported this past December, the new series features effects by Weta Workshop. The re-invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s much-beloved series will be produced using a mix of CGI animation and live-action miniature sets.
The new cast will be led by Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope, with David Graham from the 1965 Thunderbirds series reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker.
Unstoppable inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak, while Tracy brothers Gordon and John are both voiced by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Maze Runner), and Rasmus Hardiker voices both the youngest and oldest Tracy brothers, Alan and Scott. The fifth Tracy brother, Virgil, will be voiced by David Menkin (Arthur Christmas). Tracy Island matriarch Grandma Tracy is voiced by Sandra Dickinson and master villain The Hood is voiced by Andres Williams.
Thunderbirds Are Go! will also feature new characters including Kayo, the Tracy brothers’ friend and fellow island resident, who will be voiced by Angel Coulby, and Colonel Casey voiced by Adjoa Andoh (Doctor Who).
Thunderbirds Are Go! is executive produced by Estelle Hughes for ITV Studios, Giles Ridge for ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) and Richard Taylor and Andrew Smith for Pukeko Pictures. The head writer is Rob Hoegee and the series director is David Scott (LEGO Star Wars), with Theo Baynton as episodic director.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.