O’Dowd, Tate Join “Gulliver’s Travels”

Former “Doctor Who” companion Catherine Tate and Irish funnyman Chris O’Dowd (“The IT Crowd,” “The Boat that Rocked”) have both been cast in the upcoming new take on “Gulliver’s Travels” starring Jack Black.

Tate looks set to play the Queen of Lilliput opposite Black’s Lemuel Gulliver according to MSN. Of her role she says she “can’t believe it. It’s a big, kick-off Hollywood film.”

O’dowd, appearing on the BBC’s “Something For the Weekend”, confirmed that he’ll be playing the role of film’s principal villain Edward. His character is married to Emily Blunt’s, and he’s begun horseback riding training for the film.

Jason Segel (“I Love You, Man”) also stars in the Rob Letterman directed film due for release in 2010.