Animation studio LAIKA has announced its fifth and most ambitious film yet, “Missing Link,” which is targeting a Spring 2019 release through Annapurna Pictures in the United States.
In the film, the charismatic Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this.
Sir Lionel’s last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.
Zach Galifianakis plays Mr. Link: the slightly silly, surprisingly smart and soulful beast upon whom Sir Lionel’s dreams depend. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s the last of his kind, and he’s lonely. Proposing a daring quest to seek out his rumored distant relatives, he enlists Sir Lionel’s help in an odyssey around the world to find the fabled valley of Shangri-La.
Zoe Saldana plays Adelina Fortnight, an independent and resourceful adventurer who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster of a ride. Along the way, our fearless explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril, stalked at every turn by dastardly villains seeking to thwart their mission.
Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Amrita Acharia and Ching Valdes-Aran co-star. Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”) will helm the film which blends “raucous comedy” with a “swashbuckling epic” and strong emotion. The film contains reportedly 110 sets with 65 unique locations to achieve its massive scale.
LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight is meeting with foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.