Sunday, 29 November 2015

Ralph Fiennes is Lego Batman's Alfred

Every Batman needs his Alfred Pennyworth, which offers an actor the chance to play the mild mannered manservant. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is set to join that hallowed pantheon, lending his voice to Lego Batman's Alfred.

The Lego Movie (2014) spin-off Lego Batman, which puts Will Arnett's sarcastic take on the Caped Crusader in the spotlight, is promising to draw from all eras and styles of Batman. Joining Arnett in the cast are Michael Cera (Juno) as Robin and Rosario Dawson (Trance) as Batgirl. Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) is currently still circling the role of The Joker. Hopefully this will also mean we will get to see other Batmen and characters from the many adaptations – is an Adam West cameo too much to hope for?

Chris McKay (Robot Chicken), animation supervisor/co-director and editor on the original Lego Movie that has spawned this sprawling, brick built universe, has taken over the big chair for this one, working from a script that was generated from within Chris Miller and Phil Lord's Lego production outfit and has been written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows). The film will be out on 10 February 2017.

Fiennes is currently on our screens as M in Sam Mendes' (Skyfall) latest Bond outing SPECTRE, and he is part of the cast for Luca Guadagnino's (I Am Love) A Bigger Splash, landing 12 February next year and the Coen brothers' (Inside Llewyn Davis) Hail, Caesar!, which follows it on 26 February.

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