The Smurfs Film Kicks Off Production

With filming underway in New York City on Sony Pictures Animation’s “The Smurfs”, the studio has issued a press release announcing the various key roles – both the live-action humans and the voices of the computer-animated little creatures.

As previously announced Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria will star in the human roles. Azaria will play the Smurfs’ nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel. Harris and Mays star as an expectant couple whose lives are turned upside down when the Smurfs cross over from their magical village to New York City. Vergara plays Odile, Harris’s boss, a cosmetics executive.

In terms of the voices of the Smurfs themselves we have Anton Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf, Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Katy Perry as Smurfette, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf, “SNL’s” Fred Armisen as Brainy Smurf and George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf.

Raja Gosnell helms from a script by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Jay Scherick & David Ronn. The film opens next August.