Neil Patrick Harris Takes On “The Smurfs”

Neil Patrick Harris will play the lead live-action character in the Raja Gosnell-directed film adaptation of “The Smurfs” at Sony Pictures says Deadline Hollywood.

Originally created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Pierre ‘Peyo’ Culliford, the blue skinned miniature villagers started life as a comic book, but eventually became most famous for a hit TV cartoon TV series which ran throughout the 1980’s.

Jordan Kerner (“Charlotte’s Web”) is producing. Shooting kicks off in April while Harris is on hiatus from CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother”.