Claymation fans need to mark your calendars for February 16, 2018. That’s when Early Man from director Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Chicken Run) is set to open in theaters. The upcoming claymation comedy was directed by Park from a script by Mark Burton (Gnomeo and Juliet, Shaun the Sheep Movie), James Higginson, and John O’Farrell (Room 101). In addition to releasing a new teaser trailer, Summit Entertainment, StudioCanal, and The British Film Institute also unveiled a new poster and photos of the voice cast with their claymation characters.
The Aardman Animations production features the voices of Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tom Hiddleston (Thor: Ragnarok, I Saw the Light), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, The Book of Love), Timothy Spall (The Enfield Haunting, Alice Through the Looking Glass), Richard Ayoade (Paddington), and Mark Williams (Father Brown). The voice cast also includes Johnny Vegas (Still Open All Hours), Gina Yashere (Married Single Other), and Selina Griffiths (Benidorm).
Aardman Animations is also working on Shaun the Sheep 2, the sequel to 2015’s Shaun the Sheep Movie. Shaun the Sheep Movie was released in August 2015 and earned an Oscar nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category. It also picked up five Annie nominations as well as BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Critics’ Choice nominations.
The Plot: Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.