Aardman Unveils First Image From Nick Park's 'Early Man'

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Credit: Aardman

The prehistoric animation film, due out in 2018, heralds the long-awaited return of the multi-Oscar winning 'Wallace and Gromit' director.

Nick Park is back!

The Oscar-winning animator and creator of the much-loved Wallace and Gromit films has — after more than a decade away — returned to the director's chair.

Work on his latest feature, Early Man, has now begun at Aardman's studios in Bristol in the U.K., with the first image — and a short video — unveiled showing the film's hero Dug and his sidekick Hognob.

Set in the prehistoric era at the dawn of time, Early Man follows plucky caveman Dug — voiced by Eddie Redmayne — as he unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in the first-ever game of soccer. It marks Park's first feature since 2005's Academy Award-winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at an Aardman event last week, co-founder Peter Lord hailed the return of Park, saying he was a "safe pair of hands."

StudioCanal is producing, alongside Aardman, and is handling worldwide sales alongside distributing in its own territories of the U.K., Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand.

Early Man is due to land in early 2018. 

See the start of production video below: