A Hollywood Reporter exclusive last week revealed that Idris Elba is in final talks for a role in Fox’s upcoming effects feature Mouse Guard. Fox started developing the project in 2016. It’s currently in pre-production, with shooting due to start very shortly.
Mouse Guard, kind of Star Wars meets Game of Thrones, but with mice, is the double Eisner Award winning brainchild of David Petersen, through graphic novel and comic stable Archaia/Boom! The screenplay will see Rogue One‘s Gary Witta working on the adaptation.
The story is set in a medieval world with no humans. An Order of brave mice are sworn to protect their land from the perils of predators like foxes and eagles, along with threats from other rodent factions.
The project will be shot motion capture, with effects house WETA providing the visuals. Mo-cap master Andy Serkis is on board as the bad guy, or bad mouse, the Order’s blacksmith Midnight, who turns against the Order.
Also on board is Thomas Brodie-Sangster, as Lieam, the youngest recruit to the Order, who has to step up and prove his bravery.
Elba is lined up for the role of Celanawe, a hermit and legendary champion long thought to be dead, kind of a furry Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Mouse Guard has The Maze Runner‘s Wes Ball directing, while the production team includes Matt Reeves, director of War for The Planet Of The Apes. Ross Ritchie and Stephen Christie of Boom! Studios will also be producing, along with Maze Runner producer Joe Hartwick Jr.
Elba has been very busy of late, with both TV and cinema roles. He’s starring in Netflix’s Turn Up Charlie, which is about to launch, and he has roles in the upcoming Cats movie adaptation and the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise, as well as replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the Suicide Squad sequel.
There is no news on any projected release date for Mouse Guard as yet.