Chris Pratt has signed on to play the only Garfield in Alcon Entertainment’s new animated feature film version of the “Garfield” cartoon.
Sony Pictures has taken worldwide rights (excluding China) for the film, which is being written by Oscar-nominated David Reynolds (“Finding Nemo”) and directed by Mark Dindal (“Chicken Little”). The couple has previously worked together on “The Emperor’s New Groove” at Disney.
The comics were created by Jim Davis in 1978 and follow a lazy orange tabby cat that often causes problems for Jon Arbuckle, his human owner, and the lovable domestic dog Odie.
Garfield currently holds the record as the most widely syndicated comic in the world and was previously adapted to screen before in two combination live-action and CG films that played Bill Murray as Garfield’s voice.
John Cohen, Steven P. Wegner, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson produce. DNEG Animation (“Ron’s Gone Wrong”) will handle the animation.
Pratt’s casting comes hot on the heels of him being cast as Mario in the upcoming “Super Mario Bros.” movies at Illumination Entertainment. He has also lent his voice to lead roles in two “The LEGO Movie” titles and Pixar’s “Onward.”