A new animated movie is in the works at Sky with a star-studded cast.
Based on the book by the same name from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels, The Amazing Maurice sees the likes of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Downton Abbey alumnus Hugh Bonneville in its ranks.
Respectively taking on the roles of Malicia and the Mayor from the popular children's book, the two will also be joined by Hugh Laurie (House MD) as Maurice, David Thewlis (Wonder Woman) as Boss Man, Himesh Patel (Yesterday) as Keith, and Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man) as Peaches.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents was published in 2001 as the 28th entry in Terry Pratchett's series and the first aimed directly at children. The book has since sold nearly 90 million copies worldwide.
Inspired by the German fairy tale about the Pied Piper of Hamelin and a parody of the folk tale genre, the tale revolves around Maurice, a sentient cat with a knack for business. He recruits a young boy and a clan of sentient rants to travel town to town with and infest cities only to get paid to remove the rats under the guise of magic musical skills.
About the plot of their original movie, Sky said: "When Maurice and the rodents reach the stricken town of Bad Blintz, they meet a bookworm, Malicia. Their little con soon goes down the drain as something very bad is waiting for them in the cellars."
The Amazing Maurice will come to Sky in 2022.
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