Heart of Darkness animated feature lands three lead voice actors
Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella famously served as the blueprint for Francis Ford Copolla’s 1979 Vietnam movie Apocalypse Now, and now it’s getting an animated adaptation all its own. According to The Hollywood Reporter actors Michael Sheen (Apostle, Masters of Sex), Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock) have all signed on to lend their voices to the project.
The story focuses on a character named Marlow, an idealistic captain piloting a steamboat up the Congo river in search of a man named Kurtz, who’s gone mad and made himself into a god-king to the natives living in the jungle. Scott will be voicing the Russian sailor who goes by Harlequin, Rhys will be Marlow’s relative he meets along the journey, and Sheen will voice the madman Kurtz. The role of Marlow is still being cast at this time.
Director Gerald Conn is helming the project, and will be using his unique animation technique that involves the use of sand. Production is taking place across Wales, Ireland and Belgium, and will be presented at the European Film Market in Berlin next month. Conn will also produce the feature, from a script by Mark Jenkins and Mary Kate O’Flanagan. In addition to voicing Kurtz, Sheen will also executive produce.
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