Tim Story’s ‘Tom and Jerry’ Adds Michael Peña to Cast
The upcoming live-action/hybrid feature adaptation of the animated series ‘Tom and Jerry’ now has Michael Peña onboard the cast. He will play Terrance, the deputy general manager of the elegant Park Hotel.
Peña had a busy 2018, with Warner Bros.’ ’12 Strong’ and ‘The Mule,’ Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ and Netflix’s ‘Extinction’ and ‘Narcos: Mexico.’ However, this year he only has Paramount’s ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold,’ releasing August 9th. Next year, he has Sony’s ‘Fantasy Island’ reboot, releasing February 28, 2020.
Chloë Grace Moretz (‘Kick-Ass,’ ‘Suspiria’) will play Kayla, a new temporary hire at the hotel where Jerry is staying. Worried for her job, she hires a broke alley cat, Tom, to get rid of the mouse.
Additionally, the plan is to shoot in the real world with 2D animated versions of the familiar cat and mouse pair. Since Tom and Jerry didn’t speak and relied on physical comedy to draw laughs, this version will stick to that style and not cast actors to voice the duo.
Moreover, Tim Story (‘Ride Along’ and 2000’s ‘Fantastic Four’ franchises) will direct. The screenplay is from Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano (‘The Peanuts Movie’), and Kevin Costello (‘Brigsby Bear’). However, Collider states that writers Katie Silberman (‘Booksmart’) and April Prosser (‘The Last Summer’) are also credited.
Meanwhile, filming will begin June 10th and is eyeing to wrap mid-to-late September in Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. Cinematographer Alan Stewart (Guy Ritchie’s ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Gentlemen’) is also part of the crew.
Warner Bros. will release the film on April 16th, 2021.