Rosamund Pike to Voice Lady Penelope in 'Thunderbirds' Update
Kiwi banner Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop team with ITV Studios to co-produce modern take on Gerry Anderson's cult creation.
LONDON – Rosamund Pike will lend her dulcet tones to the upcoming modern update of the 1960s classic children's TV puppet show Thunderbirds, signing on to voice Lady Penelope.
Pike and original cast member David Graham, who will reprise his role as Lady Penelope's trusted chauffeur Parker, have signed for Thunderbirds Are Go!, the update being mounted by the U.K.'s ITV Studios and Kiwi banner Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop.
The original Thunderbirds was created by Gerry Anderson and his wife, Sylvia, in 1965. Gerry Anderson died in December 2012.
Anderson made two seasons of his show, which aired on ITV in the 1960s, before it went on to international syndication.
The reinvention will be produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets.
Featuring the show's family of heroes, International Rescue, Thunderbirds Are Go! will see the five Tracy brothers back on TV screens piloting their Thunderbirds vehicles in rescues across the globe.
Also joining the voice talent roster as the five Tracy brothers are Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rasmus Hardiker and David Menkin.
Brodie-Sangster and Hardiker will each play two brothers, while unstoppable inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker).
Pike is starring opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl and was most recently seen on screen in Edgar Wright's The World’s End and the Tom Cruise starrer Jack Reacher.
Thunderbirds Are Go! will be executive produced by Estelle Hughes for ITV Studios, Giles Ridge for ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Richard Taylor and Andrew Smith for Pukeko Pictures.
The series' head writer is Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans, Ben 10), and David Scott (LEGO Star Wars) will be series director.
Pike is repped by the U.K.’s United Agents.