Aardman and StudioCanal have announced that Tom Hiddleston has joined the cast of Nick Park’s new prehistoric comedy adventure, EARLY MAN. Hiddleston will voice the “ridiculously pompous” Lord Nooth, governor of the Bronze Age town – a money-loving tyrant and rival to the film’s Stone Age hero, Dug (Eddie Redmayne). The film releases on 28 January 2018 in the UK, and 29 March 2018 in Australia.
“Tom is a wonderful actor and it’s so thrilling to see him bring our comic villain to life with his amazing talent, energy and enthusiasm,” commented Park. It is a great privilege to work with Tom and I’m so excited to see his character Lord Nooth emerge on screen!”
“I’ve been a fan of Nick Park and Aardman for as long as I can remember,” adds Hiddleston, “and am incredibly honoured to be working with Nick and the team on this adventure. I’m thrilled to be able to breathe some semblance of life into this hysterical villain and to work with Eddie for the first time. EARLY MAN made me laugh out loud when I read it. Lord Nooth is larger than life in every respect. I can’t wait for audiences to meet him.”
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne), along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. It also marks Nick Park’s first feature film since Academy Award® winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
EARLY MAN continues the production partnership with Aardman and StudioCanal, with the BFI (British Film Institute) supporting the development and production of EARLY MAN with National Lottery funding.