All-Star Cast Announced for 'Horrid Henry: The Movie'

Anjelica Huston, Richard E. Grant, Parminder Nagra join 3D kids live-action project.

LONDON -- Could the struggles of the Purple Hand Gang shape up to be the next hit kids movie franchise?

An all-star cast including Anjelica Huston, Richard E. Grant and Parminder Nagra has been lined up to feature in Vertigo Film and Novel Entertainment's 3D kids live action project Horrid Henry: The Movie, which is based on the hugely successful boy-skewed book series from Francesca Simon.

In the movie Henry, who is the Lord High Majesty of the Purple Hand Gang, wages his ever-constant battle against the tyranny of adults, a number of whom seem to be out to get him.

Sales of Horrid Henry books have topped 16 million.

Anjelica Huston will play Henry's terrifying teacher Miss Battle-Axe, alongside, Rebecca Front as Henry's headmistress Ms Oddbod, Richard E Grant as a rival headmaster and Parminder Nagra as Miss Lovely.

Brit cult comic Noel Fielding will make an appearance as Killer Boy Rats' frontman Ed Banger, joining Jo Brand as the Demon Dinner Lady, Matthew Horne as Henry's Dad and Prunella Scales as Great Aunt Greta.

The movie will introduce new young actors Scarlett Stitt as Moody Margaret, Ross Marron as Perfect Peter and Theo Stevenson as the eponymous Horrid Henry.

BAFTA-nominated Nick Moore will direct the project, which is produced by Vertigo's Rupert Preston and Lucinda Whiteley, and exec-produced by Mike Watts and Allan Niblo together with Tim Smith and Paul Brett of Prescience and James Swarbrick for Aegis Film Fund.

Shooting will take place in London for seven weeks and the film is set to be released next summer.

International sales are being handled by Protagonist Pictures, who will launch the film at the AFM.

Co-funded with U.K. Film Council, Prescience and Aegis Film Fund, it will be distributed by Vertigo Films in the U.K.

"We have a great adult cast, brilliant kids and a hugely professional team. It's going to be fun!" said Preston.