Emmy winner Ted Lasso starring Brett Goldstein and Saturday Night Live Bowen Yang is the latest to join the animation voice cast Garfield film.
Chris Pratt will star as the cat who loves lasagna, with Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham, Cecily Strong and Ving Rhames also lending their voices to the feature.
Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson’s Alcon Entertainment is behind the new Garfieldwhich has been picked up worldwide – outside of China – by Sony Pictures, with a theatrical release on May 24, 2024. David Reynolds(The world of Nemo) wrote the screenplay with Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove. Marc Dindal (The Emperor’s New Groove, Chicken Little) will lead.
Created by Jim Davis, Garfield first appeared in the comic book sections in 1978, the lazy orange tabby often causing trouble for his human owner Jon Arbuckle and lovable house dog Odie. Garfield, which debuted in 41 newspapers, currently holds the record for the most circulated comic strip in the world. Garfield has already appeared on the big screen in a live-action/animated hybrid Garfield in 2004 and its sequel, 2006 Garfield: a tail of two kittens. In those films, both produced by 20th Century Fox, Bill Murray voiced the titular cat.
Alcon has acquired the rights to Davis, who will serve as executive producer on the film along with Amuse’s Bridget McMeel and Craig Sost. John Cohen and Steven P. Wegner are producing alongside Kosove and Johnson. DNEG Animation, who recently worked in the animated feature Ron gone wrong, will host and produce the film. DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra and President Tom Jacomb are both producers. Craig Sost will serve as executive producer along with Bridget McMeel of Andrews McMeel Entertainment.
Goldstein, replaced by WME, Mosaic, B-Side Management, LARK and Hansen Jacobson, is an executive producer, writer and star of the beloved Apple series Ted Lasso. He is the creator of the next Apple series Contractionwith Ted Lassoby Bill Lawrence and Jason Segel.
Yang has received multiple Emmy Award nominations for his work on SNL; other recent feature credits include The lost city, fire islandand Brothers. It is replaced by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment.