Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit director Nick Park's long-awaited return to the big screen, the prehistoric caveman animation film Early Man, has added a further crop of British names.
Timothy Spall and Richard Ayoade have joined the previously announced Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams in the upcoming comedy adventure from Aardman and StudioCanal. Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall and Richard Webber round out the voice cast for the tribe of Dug (Redmayne).
The latest casting news was unveiled Thursday alongside the first teaser trailer for the film, currently filming at Aardman's studios in Bristol.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the Earth, Early Man tells the story of a courageous caveman hero and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
"Today we get to meet Dug's tribe, a loveable bunch of misfits voiced by some exceptional British talent," said Park. "They’re essentially a group of inept cavemen and women, including Treebor, played by Richard Ayoade, a gentle giant scared of his own shadow; Magma, Treebor’s no-nonsense mother voiced by Selena Griffiths and Mark Williams as Barry, whose best friend is a rock. Chief Bobnar, voiced by the brilliant Timothy Spall, leads the pack as their long-suffering leader and father figure to his tribe of idiotic brutes."
Early Man is due for release in January 2018 (A.D.)