Playmobil: The Movie adds Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor & more
According to Deadline, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter Franchise), Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play reboot), Anya-Taylor Joy (New Mutants), Jim Gaffigan along with singers Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert have joined the voice cast of Lionsgate’s upcoming animated film Playmobil: The Movie. Trainor and Lambert are also expected to sing the film’s original songs.
The animation-live action hybrid movie, based on the popular kids toy line, is due out next year. The film will follow the adventures of siblings Charlie (Bateman) and Marla (Taylor-Joy). When the former unexpectedly disappears into the animated universe of Playmobil, Marla must go on a quest to bring him home. During her adventures she teams up with some unlikely new friends, including smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Gaffigan), dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot and an extravagant fairy-godmother (Trainor). Lambert will voice the character of villain Emperor Maximus.
Playmobil toys have become a classic throughout children’s playrooms, and have produced over 2.9 billion figurines in more than 100 countries – making it one of the world’s most successful toy brands.
Lino DiSalvo will make his directorial debut on Playmobil: The Movie after spending 17 years at Disney Animation, where he served as head of animation on Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Di Salvo also worked as animation supervisor on Tangled and Bolt.
Blaise Hemingway, also from Disney, is wrote the screenplay together with Greg Erb and Jason Oremland. The head of animation is Julien Bocabeille who is known as the animator on The Boss Baby and Kung Fu Panda 3. Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Emmanuel Jacomet, Alexis Vonarb and Oliver Stone regular Moritz Borman serve as producers who have also the same producers who have worked on The Little Prince.
Playmobil: The Movie was developed in cooperation with Pathé France and will be sold internationally by Lionsgate and Wild Bunch. The animated film was supposed to be release in the US by Open Road but fell through due to Global Road’s bankruptcy.