Peter Capaldi (“Doctor Who”), Taron Egerton (“Kingsman”), Rosamund Pike (“Jack Reacher”) and Gemma Chan (“Crazy Rich Asians”) have all joined the voice cast of the BBC and Netflix’s upcoming two-part adaptation of Richard Adams’ dark children’s classic “Watership Down”.
The group join the already announced other voice cast members including James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Gemma Arterton, Tom Wilkinson, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby.
Tom Bidwell (“My Mad Fat Diary”) pens the new take which is set in southern England. This tale of courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the destruction of their home. They journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through harrowing trials towards a promised land and a more perfect society.
British pop star Sam Smith has also penned “Fire on Fire,” an original song which will serve as the theme tune. The property was previously adapted for the big screen in the 1970s with Art Garfunkel’s iconic song “Bright Eyes” written for that version which was famously brutal and traumatic for a whole generation of kids. The producers of the new take have already made it clear this will be much more family friendly.
Noam Murro helms the project which will air as two separate feature-length parts this Christmas on BBC One ahead of a global release on Netflix.