BBC One and Magic Light Pictures have set the cast for Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.
Dominic West (The Affair) is set to lead a voice cast that also includes David Walliams (Partners In Crime), Rob Brydon (The Brink), Tamsin Greig (Episodes), Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones) Bel Powley (Benidorm), Gemma Chan (Humans) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game Of Thrones), TVWise has learned.
Based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, Revolting Rhymes interweaves five of Dahl’s. The Narrator Wolf tells the stories of: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow-White, Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. The adaptation, which will consist of two half-hour episodes, will be a part of BBC One’s Christmas schedule and is expected to get a key slot on Christmas Day.
Most of the cast are doing double duty, voicing more than one role. David Walliams plays one of the Ugly Sisters and Jack’s Mother; Roby Brydon plaus one of the Ugly Sisters and the King; Bertie Carvel plays the Magic Mirror and the Prince; Tamsin Greig plays the Babysitter and Miss Maclahose; Gemma Chan is Snow White, Rose Leslie voices Red Riding Hood; Bel Powley voices Cindy; while Isaac Hempstead Wright plays Jack.
“Voicing the Wolf in these wonderful films was a huge amount of fun”, Dominic West said in a statement. “The incredible poems written by Roald Dahl have been beautifully brought to life by the production team and I was delighted to take part in the project. I look forward to enjoying them with the family this Christmas.”
Originally commissioned by then BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore in November 2014, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes is being produced by Magic Light Pictures, with the animation being created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation in Cape Town. Martin Pope and Michael Rose are serving as producers, while the BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff will executive produce. Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh are the directors.
“It’s been an amazing honour to bring these wonderful rhymes to life. Working with the inspiration of Roald Dahl’s words and Quentin Blake’s drawings has been fantastic”, said Martin Pope, Co-Founder of Magic Light Pictures. “These twisted yet classic fairy tales have enabled our gifted directors Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer to create something magical and refreshing.”
Just last month, Magic Light Pictures also scored a commission from BBC One to produce an animated special based on a Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book, The Highway Rat, for the Christmas 2017 schedule. Magic Light has produced numerous similar animated specials for BBC One’s Christmas schedule over the past few years, including The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room On The Broom and Stick Man.
In addition to announcing the voice cast, BBC One and Magic Light Pictures have also release a first look image from the production. Check it out below: