Young Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay, who gave a breakout performance in The Room and stars as the main character in Amazon’s Pete the Cat, will be leading the voice cast of international Charlie Chaplin sci-fi animation update The Kid: An Animated Adventure.
This new take on 1921 silent classic The Kid is set in a futuristic New York City, which has split into two distinct, vertically stacked districts due to flooding.Tremblay voices a young boy living with his mother in boring, stuffy, overprotective Uptown. When he runs away in search of adventure in mysterious, dangerous Downtown, he encounters Chaplin: a robot with a soul. Together they set out to uncover the secret behind Chaplin’s unique existence while evading the police, the Kid’s mother and a colorful mob of circus performers.
The project reunites Tremblay with director Christian Volckman (The Room, Renaissance); Rupert Wyatte (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is executive producer. Volckman and Wyatt co-write the script with journalist/author Boris Starling.
The Kid: An Animated Adventure is the second collaboration between France’s Superprod, Luxembourg’s Bibidul Productions and U.S. shingle Big Beach Films, which previously delivered the Jack London adaptation White Fang. Producers are Clément Calvet and Jérémie Fajner (Superprod), Lilian Eche and Christel Henon (Bibidul) and Peter Saraf (Big Beach). The project has been developed with the support of the Chaplin Estate. Big Beach’s Josh Cohen is executive producer.
The film is the first animated title for FilmNation, which is shopping The Kid in Cannes. UTA is the domestic rep.