The first trailer has been released for the upcoming holiday feature, Arthur Christmas. Don’t worry about the lateness of the teaser, this movie isn’t expected to hit theaters until next November so they have plenty of time to market it to the masses. The animated film has a voice cast featuring a who’s who of U.K actors including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, and Bill Nighy. Take a look…
Arthur LOVES everything to do with Christmas; indeed, he is the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday. Laurie will play Arthur’s older brother Steve, heir to the reins, a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency, military-style precision. Broadbent plays Santa, who pictures himself as the guy in charge at the North Pole, but is now more of a figurehead as the operation has outgrown him.
Nighy plays Santa’s 136-year-old father, Grandsanta, a cranky old codger who hates the modern world, is always grumbling that Christmas ‘was better when I was Santa’ and has a tense relationship with Steve, who he calls ‘A postman with a spaceship.’ Jensen will play Bryony, a lowly elf from the Giftwrap Battalion, with an eager-to-please attitude and an obsession with wrapping and bows. Imelda Staunton rounds out the cast as Mrs. Santa, dedicated wife and mother to her husband and sons.
Arthur Christmas was co-written by Sarah Smith who also co-directs alongside Barry Cook. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 23, 2011.
What do you think of the teaser for Arthur Christmas?