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Maisie Williams joins ‘Early Man’ animated comedy

Goona sounds like a handful

Maisie Williams is the latest actor to join “Early Man,” an animated-comedy from StudioCanal and famed director Nick Park. The ‘Game of Thrones’ star will be taking on the role of Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends the film’s hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne). Goona helps Dug get ready for the upcoming battle between the Stone Age and Bronze Age civilisations.

Nick Park said of the casting: “Maisie is a terrific actress, and she is of course no stranger to embodying a valiant heroine. I’m most excited to see her breathe life into Goona – I know she’ll be the perfect ally to Eddie’s Dug”. Maisie spoke about her love of the creator adding, “I’m a huge Aardman fan – having the chance to work with Nick Park is a dream come true, especially as I get to voice such a fantastic character as Goona. I can’t wait for audiences to meet her”.

As you can probably guess from the title, “Early Man” is set in prehistoric times. The film tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. This will be the long-awaited follow-up film from Nick Park as a director, his last hit was “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” and it won an Academy Award.

As we reported earlier, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston will voice Dug and Lord Nooth respectively. It’s been quite a couple of years for Maisie Williams, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for supporting actress for her role in ‘Game of Thrones’. In addition to her Emmy nomination, Maisie won the award for Young British Performer at the London Critics Circle Film Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at The Evening Standard British Film Awards. That award was given to Williams for her role in “The Falling”. Maisie is represented by Louise Johnston (Louise Johnston Management) and Duncan Millership (WME)

Aardman and StudioCanal have been quite a pairing in the past, the duo brought the popular “Shaun the Sheep” franchise to the big screen. The animated-film was directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, and grossed $106 million worldwide.