According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Pratt who is an American actor known for starring in television, big screen as action and animated movies is all set to lend his voice to ‘Garfield’, in an upcoming animated movie based on the comic strip cat.
Chris Pratt rose to fame as Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation (2009–2015), for which he gained critical praise and was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013. He was named one of the 100 most influential persons in the world by Time magazine in 2015. He is also known for his role as Star-Lord from “Guardians of the Galaxy” of Marvel Cinematic Universe has big shoes of Bill Murray to fill in as the new voice of Garfield.
In the 2004 film "Garfield: The Movie" and its 2006 sequel, "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties," Bill Murray plays the titular cat. Despite garnering poor reviews, the films from 20th Century Fox were economically successful. "Garfield Gets Real," "Garfield's Fun Fest," and "Garfield's Pet Force" are just a few of the direct-to-video films starring Garfield.
The actor took to his social media to share the news with his fans and supporters by posting a picture of Garfield and captioning the post, “Well this Monday doesn’t suck.”
The film is being produced by Alcon Entertainment, with Sony Pictures set to release Garfield's latest adventure in theaters throughout the world (excluding China). At a later period, a release date will be revealed. More information about the film has yet to be released, however, it is known that it is based on the long-running comic strip created by artist Jim Davis.
Since June 1978, the adventures of the cynical and lethargic orange cat Garfield, his owner Jim Arbuckle, and fellow pet Odie have been featured in over 2,580 newspapers and publications. Garfield has the distinction of being the world's most extensively syndicated comic strip.
The untitled movie will be written by Finding Nemo’s writer David Reynolds, and directed by “Chicken Little,” “Emperor’s New Groove” fame Mark Dindal. Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights of the comic strip cat from the cartoonist Jim Davis, who is also going to serve as an executive producer for the movie along with Bridget McMeel from Amuse and Craig Sost. Whereas, “Despicable Me,” “Angry Birds” fame, John Cohen with Steven P. Wegner will produce along with Alcon principals Kosove and Johnson. The film will be animated and produced by Alcon Entertainment and DNEG Animation. Producers will be DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra and DNEG president Tom Jacomb.
Talking about Chris Pratt, he is no stranger to lending his voice to characters, as led Disney and Pixar’s animated adventure “Onward” and the Warner Bros. toy-based “Lego Movie” franchise. Because Pratt is not Italian, his casting as Mario in Universal's new "Super Mario Bros." remake has caused considerable controversy. He'll be joined by a voice cast that includes Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong in that flick. After the Internet was flooded with reactions to the casting, Pratt told fans he's "working hard" to get Mario's voice right. Pratt also jokingly shared some fake footage that shows Mario and Guardians of the Galaxy colliding.
The news of Chris Pratt voicing Garfield received mixed reactions, as people state that the actor is not suited for the role. A user wrote, “I don’t want to live in a world in which Mario and Garfield are the same guy.”
Chris Pratt's most recent film was Amazon's sci-fi epic "The Tomorrow War," and he'll next be seen in "Jurassic World: Dominion." He's also gearing up for the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. UTA, Rise Management, and Sloane Offer, Weber, and Dern are his agents. The Gersh Agency represents Reynolds.