The upcoming live-action/hybrid feature adaptation of the animated series ‘Tom and Jerry’ has Chloë Grace Moretz in talks to star.
Moretz was recently in Neil Jordan’s ‘Greta,’ Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria,’ and Desiree Akhavan’s ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post.’ She is popular for her role in the ‘Kick-Ass’ franchise. Next she has United Artists Releasing’s animated film ‘The Addams Family,’ releasing October 11th.
If the deal closes, she will play Kayla, who’s character description is below:
“A new employee at a posh hotel where Jerry takes up residence, threatening to ruin a glamorous wedding. She hires a broke alley cat named Tom to come in and get rid of Jerry, which proves to be easier said than done. That may be for the best, as the duo will likely need each other to defeat Kayla’s villainous boss, who isn’t a big fan of either one.”
Also, Peter Dinklage (‘Game of Thrones’) is in talks to play the character Terrance. He is the antagonist, and also Kayla’s boss.
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’). 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 onboard the project.
Warner Bros. will release the film on April 16th, 2021.