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Thursday 24 July 2014

Pegg, Frost to voice Boxtrolls

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will voice characters in The Boxtrolls

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are to team up once again, this time to lend their voices to The Boxtrolls.

The long-time collaborators and friends have worked together for their World's End trilogy - Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and the upcoming The World's End - and will reunite for the 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated movie, reported Collider.

Sir Ben Kingsley, Richard Ayoade, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning and Jared Harris will also lend their vocal talents to the "quirky and loveable oddballs" who live in the sewers and like to steal children and cheese.

Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable will direct the big-screen adaptation of Alan Snow's fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters, which will be made by Laika and Focus Features.

Production has already begun, with an expected release of October 2014.

Laika president and CEO Travis Knight said: "The Boxtrolls is a visually dazzling mash-up of gripping detective story, absurdist comedy, and steampunk adventure with a surprisingly wholesome heart. It's Dickens by way of Monty Python.

"Tony and Graham have crafted a strange and beautiful world replete with fantastical creatures, good-for-nothing reprobates, madcap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do. But at its core... The Boxtrolls is a moving and human story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance."

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