Tim Story’s ‘Tom and Jerry’ Eyeing Peter Dinklage for Antagonist Role

Peter Dinklage is Warner Bros.’ top choice for the lead male role in the upcoming live-action/hybrid feature adaptation of the animated series ‘Tom and Jerry.’

Dinklage is popular for his role in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ which will premiere its eighth and final season on April 14th. He was recently in Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’ Reed Morano’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now.’ He also in Anthony and Joe Russo’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ This year, he returns to voice Mighty Eagle in Sony’s sequel ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2,’ releasing August 16th.

Casting has already begun for the role of Kayla, who teams up with Tom to stop the pesky Jerry from ruining an important event for herself.

If a deal closes, Dinklage would play the character Terrance, the film’s antagonist, and also Kayla’s boss.

Here is the shortlist of actors in the mix for the role of Kayla:

  • Olivia Cooke (‘Bates Motel,’ ‘Ready Player One’)
  • Zoey Deutch (‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’)
  • Becky G (‘Empire,’ ‘Power Rangers’)
  • Kelly Marie Tran (‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Sorry For Your Loss’)
  • Isabela Moner (‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado,’ ‘Dora the Explorer’)
  • Yara Shahidi (‘Tales of Arcadia,’ ‘Grown-ish’)
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Moreover, Tim Story (‘Ride Along’ and 2000’s ‘Fantastic Four’ franchises) will direct ‘Tom and Jerry.’ His next film is Warner Bros. ‘Shaft’ reboot, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, and Jessie T. Usher, releasing June 14th.

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.

Further, the screenplay is from Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano (‘The Peanuts Movie’), and Kevin Costello (‘Brigsby Bear’).

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 ‘Bush’) is also onboard the project.

Warner Bros. will release the film on April 16th, 2021.

Source: That Hashtag Show

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