LAIKA, an award-winning feature-film animation studio known for films like “Coraline” and “Kubo and the Two Strings,” has announced the voice case for its next feature film, “Wildwood.”
According to LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight, the cast includes Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Oscar® winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), Peyton Elizabeth Lee (“Andi Mack”), Jacob Tremblay (“Room”), Awkwafina (“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), Oscar® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do With It”), Jake Johnson (“Jurassic World”) and Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”).
Others in the voice cast are Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate You Give”), Emmy® nominee Jemaine Clement (“The Flight of the Conchords”), Maya Erskine (“Pen15”), Tantoo Cardinal (“Wind River”), Grammy® winner Tom Waits and Oscar® nominee Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”).
“Wildwood,” which is based on the series of novels by Colin Meloy, lead singer for The Decemberists, and illustrator Carson Ellis, is currently in production at LAIKA Studios in Hillsboro, which is an Oscar®, BAFTA® and Golden Globe® winning animation studio.
Knight, who won the BAFTA for directing LAIKA’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” and also directed Paramount’s hit movie “Bumblebee,” is directing from a script by Chris Butler (“ParaNorman,” “Missing Link”). Six-time Oscar® nominee Caleb Deschanel (“The Passion of the Christ”) is the cinematographer with Arianne Sutner, LAIKA’s Head of Production and Oscar®-nominated producer of “Kubo and Missing Link,” producing alongside Knight.
“That is one helluva cast,” said Knight. “Collaborating with these exceptional actors has been a humbling and inspiring experience. Their committed performances elevate ‘Wildwood,’ and are a remarkable gift for LAIKA’s animators. I’m in awe of them all.”
Knight founded LAIKA in 2005. The studio was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar® in 2016 for its innovation in 3D printing.