Right after the bombshell news that Pratt would voice Mario in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, The Hollywood Reporter shared that Chris Pratt would also voice Garfield in an upcoming animated movie starring the famous cat. The Garfield movie will arrive in 2023, and we don’t know what to think. We can only hope the marketing campaign involves lots of lasagna.
While it makes a little more sense for Pratt to voice Garfield than it does Mario—after all, Garfield does not happen to be Italian. It still seems odd. Pratt honestly seems more like he’d make for a good Jonathan Q. Arbuckle to us. But casting is as casting does.
Chris Pratt isn’t the only famous name in the movie. Samuel L. Jackson is in the voice cast of the Garfield movie, too. According to Deadline, he will play “a brand-new character, Garfield’s father Vic.” Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter shares Brett Goldstein and Bowen Yang will join the film, alongside the already announced Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham, Cecily Strong, and Ving Rhames. We don’t know yet who Goldstein and Yang will voice.
Sony Pictures will release this film from Alcon Entertainment worldwide (excluding China). Mark Dindal will direct the movie. And David Reynolds penned the script. Reynolds worked on Finding Nemo, and together, the duo worked on The Emperor’s New Groove. That’s a promising pair. But we still feel a bit confused by the Pratt situation.
Only time will tell if Pratt can fully embody the original grumpy cat. And given Garfield has been around since 1978, that’s one big sleeping box to fill. One thing we can say for sure. Garfield has produced great memes and internet content for years, and Chris Pratt has too. So the internet is about to have a field day with this one. We look forward to seeing exactly how things unroll.
Garfield will arrive on May 24, 2024.
Originally published on November 1, 2021.
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