McGregor, Griffiths to voice 'Jackboots'


LONDON -- Ewan McGregor and Richard Griffiths have joined the voice cast of "Jackboots On Whitehall," U.K. production, sales and distribution banner Swipe Films said Tuesday.

The duo join a cast that includes Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant and Timothy Spall in the World War II spoof that uses action figures to imagine what would have happened if the Germans had won the Battle of Britain (HR 12/7/06).

McGregor will take the lead role as a heroic Scottish farmhand who leads the resistance against the invaders and wins the girl (Pike).

Griffiths, who won a BAFTA nomination for his role in "The History Boys," will play Luftwaffe leader Hermann Goering.

Using specially designed GI Joe-style action figures, producer Frank Mannion ("Grand Theft Parsons") said the $2 million-budgeted movie is in the vein of "Team America" without the strings.

It marks the feature debut of director Edward McHenry, who also co-wrote the script with his brother Rory. The project is being co-produced by Jamie English and executive produced by casting agent Debbie McWilliams.