Animated Feature Underdogs Adds Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult and More


The Weinstein Company today revealed the full voice cast for the North American release of their animated family comedy Underdogs, which arrives from Academy Award winning Argentinean director Juan Jose Campanella. The talent includes pop star Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (“Glee”), Katie Holmes (The Giver), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”) and Chazz Palminteri (“Rizzoli & Isles”).

The winner of the Grand Prize Feature Award at this year?s New York International Children?s Film Festival, Underdogs follows Jake (Morrison), a shy-but-talented foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world?s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process. Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake?s foosball table come to life. He and the players embark on a wild adventure to save Laura and reclaim their village. With the help of his team, his town, and a little bit of magic, Jake will try to save the day.

“This talented cast takes our script and enhances it,” says TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, “with brilliant improvisation and wonderful chemistry. I?m so proud of these super talented actors and comedians.?

The U.S. cut of the film will also feature a script that has been reworked for a domestic audience.

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