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Matt Smith and Olivia Colman to star in children’s animated film “Superworm”

London, December 21 (IANS): Matt Smith, who plays the young Prince Philip in the Netflix series “The Crown”, and will be seen in the “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon”, will voice “Superworm”, the main character of the children’s book of the same name in progress in an animated film. It will air as a Christmas Day special in Britain.

The 30-minute animated film will be narrated by Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Crown’ in 2019-2020 but is in the news now for her potentially Oscar-winning lead role in ‘The Lost Daughter’. Maggie Gylenhaal. .

Colman, like many parents in the UK, is a super fan, according to ‘Variety’. “I love all of these books, Julia Donaldson’s books,” Colman said of his ‘Superworm’ mission. “I’ve read them to my kids over the years. And I love watching them when they’re on TV. So I was glad they asked me.”

A 2016 children’s book written by Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, “Superworm” tells the story of a wriggling-cloaked crusader who finds himself kidnapped and bewitched by a bling-loving lizard. Donaldson and Scheffler, according to ‘Variety’, are the British answer to Dr Seuss.

Since the publication of “The Gruffalo” in 1999, the writer-illustrator duo have delighted millions of children with their stories of robber rats, stray whales and fantastic fish.

In 2009, British production company Magic Light Pictures turned “The Gruffalo,” which tells the story of a little mouse wandering through a dark, deep wood, into a 30-minute animated special voiced by James Corden. , the British host of “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on the American television network, CBS and Helena Bonham Carter. It turned out to be the first of nine animated adaptations of the works of Donaldson and Scheffler.