Jennifer Saunders, Eddie Izzard and Bill Bailey have joined the cast of the upcoming romantic comedy fantasy film Man & Witch.
The trio voices a goose, a sheep and a donkey respectively in the family film about a lonely goatherd in search of love.
Their characters come to life with photorealistic puppets created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and managed by a team of puppeteers.
Other cast members include Father Ted’s Pauline McLynn and stand-up Reginald D. Hunter, making her big screen debut. McLynn plays the mother of the unnamed goatherd and Hunter his boyfriend.
Filming has just ended in Scotland and Los Angeles after six weeks.
The comedians join previously announced Sean Astin who plays the dog, and Greg Steinbruner, who plays the goatherd and wrote the screenplay.
Man & Witch also marks a return to the screen for Tami Stronach, who played the childish Empress in The Neverending Story but stepped away from the limelight after the 1984 film.
The actress, who plays the titular witch, said: “I had known for a while that it was time to get back to the screen. I was in New York doing plays and dances, and I thought, “eventually people will forget the never ending story” and the fan mail will stop coming.
“But the opposite has happened. The kids of the 80’s have grown up and now they want to share the things they love with their own kids. And there’s this huge appetite for those classic movies, but also a desire to go back to what made these movies so timeless. A feeling of wonder, magic and pleasure. A fantasy world that feels real. That we can get lost and come back again and again as a family.
“My dad was Scottish so filming outdoors in Scotland was a dream come true. The castles, the countryside, it really looks like a fantasy kingdom wherever you point the camera. Of course, I had no idea how I would feel if I was in front of the camera after all this time. After six amazing weeks, now I know. I feel like I’m coming home. “
His father will be played by Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd while the cast also includes Daniel Portman, who played Podrick Payne in Game of Thrones, and Strictly dancer Giovanni Pernice.
The film is directed by Michael Hines, who was behind the 62 episodes of Still Game.
Steinbruner said, “People ask us how we put together such an amazing cast and creative team for the movie, and the answer is actually quite simple: we sent them the script.
“The comment I have heard over and over again is, ‘This is amazing. Why don’t people make movies like this anymore? If you don’t have $ 100 million to invest in CGI, you should instead focus on telling a great story. And if you tell a good story, it turns out that’s what the great actors are all looking to work on.
“I am incredibly excited and humbled that so many icons – my longtime heroes – have come together to bring the world of Man & Witch to life.”
Man & Witch is set to hit theaters later this year or early next year.
Posted: Jul 29, 2021