Aardman and co-financiers Studiocanal have announced that Tom Hiddleston has been cast in their new prehistoric animated comedy Early Man.
The film, which is being directed by the legendary, long-time Aardman animator Nick Park, is "Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth," and tells the story of "how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!"
It appears Hiddleston will be providing the voice for said mighty enemy, a villain by the name of Lord Nooth. He will be acting opposite Eddie Redmayne, who's voicing the main character, Dug.
Nick Park has directed such classics as A Grand Day Out, Creature Comforts, The Wrong Trousers, and A Close Shave (aka this writer's entire childhood). Most recently, he directed the delightful (and Oscar-winning) animated feature The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Early Man is currently in the process of being shot. Animations take time, however; the film is currently set for release in the UK on January 26th, 2018.