Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment have revealed (via IGN) the voice cast for the film version of PlayStation franchise Ratchet & Clank, which will include Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, San Andreas) as “Chairman Drek”; John Goodman (Monsters, Inc., Transformers: Age of Extinction) as “Grimroth”; Bella Thorne (Blended) as “Cora”; Rosario Dawson (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” Sin City) as “Elaris”; and action legend Sylvester Stallone as “Victor.”
These celebrities join James Arnold Taylor as “Ratchet,” David Kaye as “Clank,” DS9’s Armin Shimerman as “Nefarious,” and Jim Ward as “Captain Qwark,” all reprising their voice roles from the original video game.
“The collaborative relationship between Rainmaker Entertainment, Sony PlayStation, Insomniac Games and all our partners has helped us to bring this massive game franchise to the big screen,” said Rainmaker Entertainment’s Michael Hefferon. “Our outstanding celebrity talent together with the original voices from the game really bring these characters to life, and we are confident that ‘Ratchet & Clank’ will delight fans with its authenticity and charm, while families everywhere will find a new family-friendly buddy duo to love.”
The film is based on the Insomniac Games franchise. The games focus on two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own, while Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn.
The Ratchet and Clank characters were first introduced in 2002, with the games quickly becoming a successful series exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation consoles. They’ve sold 26 million copies worldwide.
Ratchet & Clank will be directed by Kevin Munroe (TMNT) and Jericca Cleland (“Animism”) from a script by TJ Fixman, who penned all of the video games.
UPDATE: Sony PlayStation has also revealed today that the film will be released in theaters on April 29, 2016 by Focus Features.