Lionsgate Nabs Eddie Redmayne's 'Early Man' for U.S.

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'Wallace and Gromit' director Nick Park's long-awaited return to the big screen will be released by Summit Entertainment.

Lionsgate has picked up the U.S. rights to the prehistoric caveman animation film Early Man, voiced by Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams, among other Hollywood stars.

Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit director Nick Park's long-awaited return to the big screen will be released by the studio's Summit Entertainment label. A Feb. 16, 2018, release in the U.S. is planned, to follow Studiocanal’s European release nearly a month earlier on Jan. 18.

Timothy Spall and Richard Ayoade also voice the upcoming comedy adventure from Aardman Animations 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).

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.

Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the U.S. market. Lionsgate, StudioCanal and Aardman earlier partnered on the Oscar-nominated Shaun The Sheep Movie.

"We truly enjoyed collaborating with them on Shaun The Sheep Movie, which earned an Oscar nomination for best animated feature, and we look forward to bringing Nick’s great new family adventure to our audiences," Lionsgate co-COO and president of the Motion Picture Group Steve Beeks said in a statement.

Redmayne is represented by CAA, United Agents, Parseghian Planco and Untitled Entertainment. Williams is represented by Louise Johnston and WME. Hiddleston is represented by WME and Hamilton Hodell.

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