Thursday, 5 September 2013

David Walliams is Pudsey


LONDON – 5th September, 2013 – Vertigo Films, Syco Entertainment and ROAR Global today announced that David Walliams will voice the character of Pudsey in the Britain’s Got Talent winner’s debut big screen outing, PUDSEY: THE MOVIE. The six-week shoot for the British family film began on September 1st, 2013 on location in the south of England.

Directed by Nick Moore (Wild Child, Horrid Henry: The Movie) and written by Paul Rose (‘Dani’s House’), the film will also star a host of British quality acting talent, including Jessica Hynes (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger), John Sessions (Filth; The Iron Lady), Luke Neal (Jupiter Ascending; ‘Starlings’), Izzy Meikle-Smith (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Luke Tittensor (‘Emmerdale’, ‘Holby City’).

A heartwarming, quintessentially British adventure for all the family, PUDSEY: THE MOVIE follows cheeky London stray dog, PUDSEY, who is quite happy being a lone ranger and looking out for number one until he meets siblings Molly (Izzy Meikle-Smith), George (Spike White) and Tommy (Malachy Knights). Following her divorce, their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) is moving the family to the sleepy village of Chuffington-on-Sea and Pudsey tags along, to the dismay of their landlord, Mr Thorne (John Sessions) and his cat Faustus. As Pudsey starts to settle in with the family and realize what he was missing when he was alone, he stumbles across Thorne and Fautus’ evil plan and he determines to save them and the whole village.

Produced by Vertigo’s Rupert Preston and Marshall Levitan and executive produced by Allan Niblo, James Richardson, Jonathan Shalit, Mark Brittain, Ben Todd, Nigel Williams and Jamie Carmichael with co producer Michael Ford, the film is slated for release in the UK in May 2014 by Vertigo Distribution. Content is selling international rights.

David Walliams said of the project, “I am thrilled to be providing the voice of Pudsey. I have been coming up with different voices for him ever since that first audition.

Rupert Preston of Vertigo states: "We're delighted to be working with Syco on such a family friendly British film and with such British icons as David Walliams and Pudsey, and we can’t wait to share this with audiences.

Mark Brittain of Syco Entertainment added: “We are delighted to be working with Vertigo on this project and particularly thrilled that, little more than a year after Pudsey wowed the nation by winning Britain’s Got Talent, he is now becoming a bona fide film star.

Jamie Carmichael from Content said: “Content is really excited to be working with Vertigo and Syco on what is clearly going to be a hilarious and classic British family film – and we can’t wait to help make Pudsey into the most famous dog in the world!”

A Vertigo Films and Syco Entertainment production in association with Infinite Wisdom and Backwell Productions.

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