Get ready to visit Wild Island. Netflix’s animated adaptation of Newbery-honored children’s book My Father’s Dragon just revealed its voice cast.
My Father’s Dragon follows Elmer, a young boy struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother. He runs away in search of Wild Island, discovering a young dragon who waits to be rescued. Elmer’s adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island, and the friendship of a lifetime.
Jacob Tremblay will voice Elmer, teaming up with Gaten Matarazzo, who voices Boris the dragon. A ton of other stars will also lend their voices to the film, including Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno, Chris O’Dowd, Judy Greer, Alan Cumming, Yara Shahidi, Jackie Earle Haley, Mary Kay Place, Leighton Meester, Spence Moore II, Adam Brody, Charlyne Yi, Maggie Lincoln, Jack Smith with Whoopi Goldberg and Ian McShane.
In addition to its impressive cast, My Father’s Dragon boasts an award-winning creative team. The feature comes from Academy Award nominated director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner). Meg LeFauve (Pixar’s Inside Out) wrote the screenplay. And while Netflix will distribute the feature, the animation itself comes from five-time Oscar nominated studio Cartoon Saloon (Wolfwalkers).
“Our actors, animators and artists at Cartoon Saloon have worked together to craft this film, inspired by Ruth Stiles Gannett’s amazing book. We were drawn together by a desire to tell a very special tale of friendship, adventure, and true bravery,” said Twomey. “I fell in love with storytelling as a child and Netflix excels at celebrating all kinds of stories, through different styles and distinct voices. This has given me the opportunity to look through a beautiful lens and I am excited to share what I see with our audience around the world.”
My Father’s Dragon does not have a Netflix release date yet. But check back to THS for more updates.