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Academy Award winning actor Eddie Redmayne has been selected to provide the voice of a major character in the forthcoming stop-frame feature, Early Man.
Eddie will voice the character Dug, a brave caveman who accidentally invents the game of soccer while he gathers his tribe together to fight a mighty enemy.
Eddie is the first member of the voice cast to be revealed. The movie is being directed by Nick Park and is his first feature since the very successful Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which won an Academy Award.
This movie is set in a totally different era, though, at the beginning of time among woolly mammoths and other prehistoric creatures.
Nick Park has commented that Eddie Redmayne is “a joy to work with,” which is no surprise considering Eddie is often described as “one of the nicest guys in the business.” He was cast for the role due to his ability to portray the cheeky charm, fun and plucky wit of the character, Dug.
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At the age of just 34, Eddie has appeared in 15 movies including The Other Boleyn Girl, My Week with Marilyn and, more recently, The Danish Girl.
The movie he is perhaps most noted for, however, is The Theory of Everything, in which his portrayal of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking won him an Academy Award.
He has also been filming for the main role of Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter series spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a British/American fantasy drama which is due for release this November.
Early Man is a collaboration between Studio Canal and Aardman who previously worked together on the Shaun the Sheep movie. It is set to be released in 2018.