Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the mentor figure in “Mouse Guard,” the Wes Ball-directed adaptation of the Boom! Studios comic. He joins a cast that includes Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
Based on the Eisner-winning graphic novel series by David Petersen, the story follows a brotherhood of mice during medieval times sworn to protect their fellow rodents.
Elba will play Celanawe, an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like figure who was once a legendary champion and now thought long gone.
The plan is for a live-action and CG mix (ala the first two “The Smurfs”), but will utilise some of the performance-capture tech used in the “Planet of the Apes” franchise to realise the rodents with the help of WETA.
Gary Whitta (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) adapted the script and ‘Apes’ franchise helmer Matt Reeves is producing along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy.
Source: Heat Vision