Ronan Keating To Sing For 'Postman Pat: The Movie'
The Irish popstar and "X Factor" Australia judge signs up for big screen version of the British children's classic.
LONDON -- Irish pop star Ronan Keating will lend his singing chops to Postman Pat: The Movie, signing to deliver the singing voice of the eponymous children's character.
While Stephen Mangan (Episodes) provides the postie's talking voice, anytime the character breaks into song, Keating will be the one singing.
In addition to singing all of Postman Pat's songs, Keating also has a cameo appearance in the film, appearing as a contestant who competes against Pat for a coveted prize.
Keating said he grew up watching the animated character and the village where he lives, so he can't wait to take his kids along to see it on the big screen.
Keating joins the voice cast, which also boasts Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Harry Potter alumnus Rupert Grint and David Tennant (Doctor Who).
The movie version of the popular kids' show about a postman, his black and white cat and the village he lives in is being produced by RGN Entertainment with backing from Icon Film Distribution, Lionsgate U.K., Dreamworks Classics and Timeless Films.
The big screen version finds Pat face-to-face with the temptations of money, status and a shiny new suit when he enters a national TV talent show competition that threatens to tear him away from his hometown of Greendale and his family and friends.
The film is scheduled for delivery into movie theaters across the U.K. in stereoscopic 3-D on May 23, 2014.
The Mike Disa-directed feature is currently in production from a screenplay co-written by Kim Fuller (Spice World), Annika Bluhm (head writer and long-time producer of the Postman Pat TV show) and Nicole Dubuc (TV's Ben Ten, The Spectacular Spider Man TV Series).
The Postman Pat film is being produced by RGH's Robert Anich with Rubicon's Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett with Dreamworks Classics Eric Ellenbogen and Doug Schwalbe serving as executive producers.