LAIKA, the studio that brought you Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings, has announced their fifth film will be Missing Link, and if nothing else, the cast ought to impress.
Complete cast details were revealed to buyers at Cannes, and the film will include Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Ching Valdez-Aran and Amrita Acharia. The film is currently set for a spring 2019 release.
Moving outside LAIKA’s comfort zone, the film is said to be a raucous comedy with a plot that focuses on the need to find belonging. If we know anything about LAIKA, it’s that they can weave heart and soul into any of their stories, and this one should easily land as one of the best of the year.
The story is as wild as you might expect, and surely filled with some strange twists and turns, but again, LAIKA is making a serious effort to the comedy of the film.
The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel’s last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.
Zach Galifianakis is Mr. Link: the slightly silly, surprisingly smart and soulful beast upon whom Sir Lionel’s dreams depend. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s the last of his kind, and he’s lonely. Proposing a daring quest to seek out his rumored distant relatives, he enlists Sir Lionel’s help in an odyssey around the world to find the fabled valley of Shangri-La.
Together with Adelina Fortnight (voiced by Zoe Saldana), an independent and resourceful adventurer who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster of a ride. Along the way, our fearless explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril, stalked at every turn by dastardly villains seeking to thwart their mission. Through it all, Mr. Link’s disarming charm and good-humored conviction provide the emotional and comedic foundation of this fun-filled family film.
Not only is the film moving toward more light-hearted fare, but it is a much more ambitious project, requiring 110 sets with 65 unique locations. Just trying to imagine what goes into creating such a project is mind-boggling.
Missing Link is written and directed by Oscar® nominee Chris Butler (ParaNorman).