According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Osmosis Jones) is negotiating a second round of voice sessions for 20th Century Fox’s Garfield 2. The actor lent his voice to the fat, orange tabby in the first film, which combined a CG Garfield with live-action footage. Breckin Meyer has already committed to reprise the role of the cat’s owner, Jon, and Jennifer Love Hewitt will make another appearance as his love interest.
Joining the cast of the sequel are Lucy Davis from the U.K. version of The Office, and Billy Connolly (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events). Davis will play Abby Westminster, high-class animal lover who attempts to unveil the evil plans of Lord Dargis (Connelly). Madcap comedy is sure to ensue when Garfield and Odie get involved in the caper.
Fox has tapped Tim Hill, writer of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and director of Muppets From Space, to helm the Garfield sequel, which will be overseen by Fox president of production Hutch Parker and vp of production Vanessa Morrison.
Effects house Rhythm & Hues, which created the CG Scooby-Doo for Warner Bros.’ recent big-screen series, gave Garfield his 3D debut and will most likely get the gig again Garfield 2 is scheduled to arrive in theaters next summer.