'Early Man': Meet the Famous Voices Behind the Characters

8:00 AM 2/16/2018

by Lucas Manfredi

Eddie Redmayne stars as a happy-go-lucky caveman who must save his tribe from extinction.

From the creators of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Chicken Run comes Early Man, where the Bronze Age meets the Stone Age.

The story follows a happy-go-lucky caveman named Dug (Eddy Redmayne), who is fighting to save his home from the evil Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age city. Dug enlists the help of his trusty sidekick Hogknob, a fearless rebel named Goona (Maisie Williams), and the members of his tribe including Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall), Treebor (Richard Ayoade,) Magma (Selina Griffiths), Asbo (Johnn Vegas), Barry (Mark Williams), Gravelle (Gina Yashere) and Eemak (Simon Greenall), in order to save his tribe from extinction.

Below, read more about the famous voices behind Aardman Animation's Early Man, which is set to U.S. theaters Feb. 16 via Lionsgate.

  • Eddie Redmayne/Dug

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    When their beloved Valley is in danger, the courageous Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) is forced to lead his tribe into the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced. The Academy Award-winning actor will be back on the big screen next year in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

  • Maisie Williams/Goona

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    Maisie Williams voices the outspoken Scandinavian heroine who helps guide Dug on his journey to stop the evil Lord Nooth from destroying the Valley. Williams is slated for The New Mutants and the final season of Game of Thrones.

  • Timothy Spall/Chief Bobnar

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    Timothy Spall's Chief Bobnar is the tribe’s patriarch, whose main job is to keep everyone out of harm’s way. Chief Bobnar’s overly cautious nature puts him at odds with Dug after he comes to the tribe for help in his fight against Lord Nooth and the Bronze City. Spall is best known for his work as the scheming Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter series.

  • Tom Hiddleston/Lord Nooth

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    The self-centered, money-loving governor of the Bronze City and rival to Dug is voiced by Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston is best known for his role as Thor’s mischievous brother Loki and will make a return to the Avengers franchise in 2018 for The Avengers: Infinity War.

  • Richard Ayoade/Treebor

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    Treebor is the timid gentle giant of the tribe voiced by Richard Ayoade. This is Ayoade’s second film with Aardman after appearing as Mr. Pickles in the film Box Trolls in 2014.

  • Mark Williams/Barry

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    Mark Williams voices the lovably dimwitted Barry. Though best known for the role of Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films, Williams is slated to star in The Dark Channel and is currently working on the film Heidi: Queen of the Mountain.

  • Selena Griffiths/Magma

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    Selina Griffiths makes both her animation and film debut as the voice of the overbearing and no-nonsense mother of the tribe, Magma. Griffiths is best known for playing Janet in the British sitcom The Smoking Room.

  • Johnny Vegas/Asbo

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    Asbo is a hilarious, unfocused ball of energy voiced by Johnny Vegas. Early Man marks Vegas’ animated film debut. Vegas has starred in the hit British series Benidorm and is currently slated to reprise his role as Maz in a new film version of the British television drama Ideal.

  • Simon Greenall/Eemak

    Simon Greenall voices the wildly funny and constantly misunderstood Eemak. This is Greenall’s second film with Aardman after appearing as multiple characters in Shaun the Sheep. He also voices Captain Barnacles on the TV series The Octonauts. 

  • Gina Yashere/Gravelle

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    British comedian and Daily Show correspondent Gina Yashere makes her animated film debut as the voice of the accident-prone Gravelle. No stranger to voice acting, Yashere is known for her work as Keisha on the British series Bromwell High.

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