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Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300, Dredd) and John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) have joined the voice cast of the remake of animated series Danger Mouse for BBC kids channel CBBC, the U.K. public broadcaster unveiled at Comic-Com in San Diego.
Headey is set to provide “the super-smart tones of U.S. Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, while Oliver will be breathing life into mad scientist wolf Dr Augustus P Crumhorn III,” it said. Jeopardy Mouse is an American, female version of Danger Mouse, while Crumhorn is a Danger Mouse adversary.
The casting news came at a Comic-Con panel late Sunday with members of the production team. Oliver and Headey join Alexander Armstrong (Match Point), who stars as the voice of Danger Mouse; Kevin Eldon (Hot Fuzz), who voices sidekick Penfold; Stephen Fry, who plays Colonel K; and Dave Lamb, who voices the narrator. Danger Mouse will start airing on CBBC in the fall.
“I’ve loved Danger Mouse my whole life,” said Oliver. “Danger Mouse was a significant part of my childhood. So to get a chance to do it is like getting a chance to step into your childhood, which is both a magical and a potentially hazardous thing! It will be awesome, I can’t wait to see it, let alone hear myself in it!”
Said Headey: “I wanted to do [Danger Mouse] because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now, and it’s just a treat to be involved in something that you loved as a kid and be able to share it. Those moments as an actor that come a long once in while are not to be missed.”
Commissioned by CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor, the co-production with FremantleMedia Kids & Family is being animated by Boulder Media. Sarah Muller serves as executive producer for CBBC, and Bob Higgins and Chapman Maddox are executive producers for FremantleMedia Kids & Family, which owns the global TV and licensing rights to the series.
The classic animated show aired on ITV in the 1980s and 1990s and became one of the earliest British shows to be syndicated in the U.S., on Nickelodeon. It spoofed famous British film and TV secret agents, such as James Bond. U.S. musician and producer Danger Mouse, who formed Gnarls Barkley with CeeLo Green, took his name from the show.
The reimagined series “follows the misadventures of the heroic, small but perfectly formed super spy Danger Mouse, who returns in style to save a world teetering on the edge of disaster,” according to a show description. “Bursting with boundless confidence, the show’s hero is still as cool as ever as he attempts to overthrow a host of villainous rivals with the help of hapless hamster Penfold and a collection of state-of-the-art gadgetry and vehicles.”
CBBC previously said that the main characters will again have their headquarters inside a red mailbox, but the mailbox will now feature cutting-edge technology. In addition, Danger Mouse’s eye patch will be replaced by an “i-patch” with various special functions.
Outside of the U.K., the new series will be available on Netflix starting in the spring of 2016.
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