Tom Hiddleston to play ‘ridiculously pompous’ villain in ‘Early Man’

"Early Man" actor Tom Hiddleston attends the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 3, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — British actor Tom Hiddleston has joined the cast of Nick Park’s new prehistoric, animated comedy, “Early Man.”

He will lend his voice to the character of the “ridiculously pompous Lord Nooth.” The film will also include the voice talent of Eddie Redmayne, who will play the hero Dug.

“Tom is a wonderful actor and it’s so thrilling to see him bring our comic villain to life with his amazing talent, energy and enthusiasm,” Park said in a statement Thursday. “It is a great privilege to work with Tom and I’m so excited to see his character Lord Nooth emerge on screen!”

“I’ve been a fan of Nick Park and Aardman for as long as I can remember, and am incredibly honored to be working with Nick and the team on this adventure,” Hiddleston added. “I’m thrilled to be able to breathe some semblance of life into this hysterical villain and to work with Eddie for the first time. Early Man made me laugh out loud when I read it. Lord Nooth is larger than life in every respect. I can’t wait for audiences to meet him.”

The Aardman and Studiocanel film is currently in production in Bristol.

Hiddleston is best known for his work in the Thor and “Avengers” movies, as well as the TV miniseries “The Night Manager.”


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