Samuel L. Jackson Joins Chris Pratt in Animated Garfield Movie

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Chris Pratt will be joined by another big name in the upcoming Garfield reboot. In the animated film, in the works at Alcon Entertainment, Pratt provides the voice of the titular Monday-hating, lasagna-loving feline. Per Deadline, it has now been reported that Samuel L. Jackson has also just boarded the cast, reuniting with his fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe alum. He’ll be voicing Garfield’s father Vic, a new character not featured in the original comic strip.

Mark Dindal (Chicken Little) is directing the feature using a screenplay by David Reynolds (Finding Nemo). The film is based on the original comic strip by Jim Davis which has previously inspired several animated shows and feature films. John Cohen (Despicable Me) is producing with Steven P. Wegner, Alcon co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, Dneg CEO Namit Malhotra, DNEG President Tom Jacomb. Davis is executive producing with Amuse’s Bridget McMeel and Craig Sost.

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Jackson and Pratt have both spent several years in the MCU, respectfully as Nick Fury and Star-Lord. Jackson will also reprise his role as Nick Fury for the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion. He’s also expected to appear in Marvel films like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and The Marvels. Jackson also has a voice role in the upcoming animated film Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank and will appear in Matthew Vaughn’s next movie Argylle. Fans appreciate Jackson for many, many roles he’s played over the years, with his more recent work including Spiral: From the Book of Saw, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and The Protégé.

Garfield Is Coming Back to Theaters

Garfield was originally published as a comic strip by Jim Davis in 1976. The cartoon follows an orange cat along with his human owner, Jon Arbuckle, and the family dog, Odie. Throughout the various depictions and adaptations, Garfield is typically cynical, lazy, and obsessed with food. Becoming a massively successful franchise, Garfield merchandise earns up to $1 billion annually.

Garfield has been seen on the big screen in years past. 2004’s Garfield: The Movie featured Ghostbusters star Bill Murray as the famous feline, and he reprised the role for the 2006 sequel Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. The films did not fare very well with critics, and Murray would go on to joke about Garfield being his biggest regret with his cameos in the Zombieland films. Be that as it may, both films were hits at the box office, showing that Garfield can always draw big money.

Of course, Garfield has been on the small screen numerous times over the past few decades. He was in a slew of primetime television specials in the 1980s and early 90s, winning four Emmy Awards during that time. The success of the specials also spawned Garfield and Friends which ran from 1988 to 1994. Other animated shows have been developed since and it has been reported that there is also a new animated series that is in development at Nickelodeon.

The Garfield movie with Chris Pratt and Samuel L. Jackson is scheduled to be released on Nov. 22, 2023.


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