“How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris was the first actor to be named as the live action lead in the CGI animated feature, The Smurfs. According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, veteran television and film star Hank Azaria has also landed a meaty role playing none other than the devious Gargamel.
It was exclusively reported that Azaria will lend his vocal talents to the Smurf villain, which isn’t foreign territory for the actor. He’s been voicing multiple characters on the Fox series, “The Simpsons” for over two decades so this is like second nature. Joining him in the cast are Alan Cumming and George Lopez who will play Smurfs, while singer Katy Perry will star as Smurfette (a role I find too fitting). Also, if you’re a fan of “Glee” you’ll be able to catch Jayma Mays, who plays guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury on the show, to appear as Harris’ pregnant wife.
Sony Pictures declined to comment on the recent casting announcements but we’re pretty sure they’re legit. The Smurfs will be directed by Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), and will center on a happy expectant couple’s lives being turned upside-down upon meeting these blue creatures. The film is expected to begin production next month and will be set in New York City’s Central Park.
What do you think of the cast of The Smurfs movie? Any concerns regarding the voice actors chosen?