Leading European media company and pay-TV broadcaster Sky confirmed additional cast for upcoming animated Sky Original movie The Amazing Maurice on Friday. David Tennant (Doctor Who), Ariyon Bakare (His Dark Materials), Rob Brydon (Roald & Beatrix: The Tale of the Curious Mouse), Julie Atherton (Avenue Q) and YouTuber Joe Sugg.
They join the stellar line-up of Hugh Laurie (Avenue 5), voicing the antihero cat Maurice; Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as the mayor’s bookish daughter, Malicia; David Thewlis (Wonder Woman) as Boss Man; Himesh Patel (Yesterday) as Keith; Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man) as Peaches; and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as the Mayor in the highly anticipated adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett’s award-winning children’s novel.
In The Amazing Maurice, Maurice is a streetwise ginger cat who comes up with a money-making scam by befriending a group of self-taught talking rats. When Maurice and the rodents reach the stricken town of Bad Blintz, they meet a bookworm called Malicia and their little con soon goes down the drain.
The film is co-produced by Sky, Ulysses Filmproduktion and Cantilever Media in partnership with Global Screen, with animation studios Studio Rakete (Hamburg) and Red Star Animation (Sheffield). The film has the full support of the Terry Pratchett estate and is produced in association with Narrativia. Producers are Julia Stuart (Sky), Emely Christians (Ulysses), Andrew Baker and Robert Chandler (Cantilever Media) and Rob Wilkins (Narrativia). The film is directed by Toby Genkel, co-director is Florian Westermann, from a screenplay by Terry Rossio.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is a children’s fantasy by Sir Terry Pratchett, published by Doubleday in 2001 and has sold nearly 90 million books worldwide. It was the 28th novel in the Discworld series, but the first written for children. It is a lively and entertaining adventure inspired by the German fairy tale about the Pied Piper of Hamelin and a parody of the folktale genre. Pratchett won the annual Carnegie Medal for the book – children’s literature’s highest award. Despite many other awards, honorary degrees and the knighthood that followed, Pratchett always emphasised that this was the award of which he was most proud.