Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry join stop-motion film ‘Missing Link’

Los Angeles: Actors Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry have joined Hugh Jackman and Zach Galifianakas in LAIKA’s stop-motion film “Missing Link”. The film’s title, release date and complete cast details were revealed by LAIKA president & CEO Travis Knight in a statement.

The movie follows the four films – “Kubo and the Two Strings”, “The Boxtrolls”, “ParaNorman” and “Coraline” – from the studio. Directed by Chris Butler, the film also stars Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Ching Valdez-Aran and Amrita Acharia.

The film follows Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) who embarks on a journey to America’s Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature the Missing Link (voiced by Zach Galifianakis).

Saldana will voice Adelina Fortnight, an independent and resourceful adventurer who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination. The film will be released by Annapurna Pictures early next year.

“‘Missing Link’ is an artistic and technical wonder. Led by our visionary director Chris Butler, LAIKA has once again blended fine art, craftsmanship, and cutting-edge technology to achieve something we’ve never tried before: a raucous comedy entwined with a swashbuckling epic, underscoring the universal need to find belonging.

“Commingling keenly felt emotion, madcap humour, and retina-bursting visuals, Missing Link is a kaleidoscopic cinematic experience unlike any other. It’s the most striking thing we’ve ever done,” Knight said in the statement.