Chris Pratt has been on a roll lately, booking gigs to voice the world’s most iconic characters in recently announced animated films. In a recent Nintendo Direct, the Guardians Of The Galaxy actor was cast in an upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, and many more.
Pratt will play the iconic video game plumber alongside Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach. The film also features Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.
This time around, Chris Pratt has officially been cast as the titular lasagna-loving, Monday-hating cat in a new film from Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson’s Alcon Entertainment. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the script for Garfield is being written by David Reynolds, famous for writing Finding Nemo. The film will also be directed by Mark Dindal, who directed Chicken Little. The pair previously worked together on Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. Garfield creator Jim Davis will also serve as an executive producer, which means this upcoming film is in good hands.
The last time Garfield appeared on the silver screen was back in 2006 in the film Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, the sequel to the 2004 film simply entitled Garfield. In both movies, Bill Murray voiced the titular character to great audience reception. As the announcement was officially made, Pratt also shared an image of Garfield on Instagram captioned, “Well, this Monday doesn’t suck.”
Fortunately, Chris Pratt is no stranger to voice roles in animated films. In the last few years, he has starred in Pixar’s Onward voicing Barley Lightfoot, the brother and deuteragonist to Tom Holland’s Ian Lightfoot.
Pratt also voiced Emmet in The Lego Movie films, which also gained him critical and audience acclaim for his witty voice work.
Whatever the film’s story is, it will be brought to life by DNEG Animation, the studio behind Ron’s Gone Wrong. In the meantime, Pratt has been keeping busy with leading live-action roles in The Tomorrow War and Jurassic World: Dominion.
Garfield fans have taken to their various social media accounts to display their widely polarized opinions regarding Pratt’s casting, as with the recent Super Mario Bros. casting that was announced. Pratt himself, however, has said that “it’s a dream come true” to be playing the part of Mario in the upcoming 2022 film, remembering his childhood years spent playing the original Super Mario Bros game on an arcade machine.
As for the role of Garfield, it’s clear to see that he’s also a big fan of the lazy orange cat, and it’s looking like he’s going to do a mighty fine job in the role. He has shown some promise and talent in the field of voice acting, and it’s looking like casting directors are placing a lot of faith in him and his track record.
There is no release date set for Alcon Entertainment and Sony Pictures’ Garfield yet, so make sure to stay tuned for updates as they come in.