Book-to-screen adaptation CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, directed by Rob Letterman (SHARK TALE), has secured the names for its main voice cast.
The books, written by Dav Pilkey, follow two best friends – Harold Hutchins and George Beard – who manage to hypnotize their headmaster and turn him into their comic book hero Captain Underpants. Extremely popular with children, Pilkey’s books have been published in 19 countries, with many of the 8 titles landing at the top of Best Seller lists.
It’s been announced that Thomas Middleditch (THE KINGS OF SUMMER) and Kevin Hart (RIDE ALONG) are to lend their voices to Harold and George, with Ed Helms (THE HANGOVER) playing the role of their principal and Captain Underpants himself. Nick Kroll (Parks And Recreation) and Jordan Peele (MADtv) have also signed up for the project, playing evil Professor Poopypants (great name!) and class nerd Melvin Sneedly, respectively.
Personally, I didn’t read the books when I was a kid, but I know my ‘I hate reading’ brother did – and he loved them. In my eyes, anything that gets children reading is good, so to see one of their favourites make it to the big screen is fantastic, especially when it features a cast as funny as this one.
Source: DreamWorks Animation