Coming to the small screen later this year is the CGI reboot series Thunderbirds Are Go!, which trades its traditional marionette puppets for a more modern animated design. After delivering a very brief teaser over the Christmas holiday, ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures have today unveiled a first look at the famous Tracey family as they prepare for their first mission into space.
Weta Workshop, who famously worked on The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies, are responsible for the VFX in this new series. This time, the cast is lead by a few well know names, with Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike taking on the lead as Lady Penelope. David Graham will reprise his original 1965 role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker. Unstoppable inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak, while Tracy brothers Gordon and John are both played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, "Game of Thrones"). Rasmus Hardiker voices both the youngest and oldest Tracy brothers, Alan and Scott. The fifth Tracy brother, Virgil, will be played by David Menkin. Tracy Island matriarch Grandma Tracy is voiced by Sandra Dickinson and master villain The Hood is played by Andres Williams.
Thunderbirds Are Go! also features new characters, including Kayo, the Tracy brothers' friend and fellow island resident, who will be played by Angel Coulby, and Colonel Casey voiced by Adjoa Andoh ("Doctor Who"). As you can see in the below image, this reboot of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's hugely popular series will use an innovative mix of CGI animation and live-action miniature sets. Take a look: