Having just sold the Hank Williams drama I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston, to Sony Pictures Classics and now into production on the Ricky Gervais picture Special Correspondents with Netflix, Bron Studios is going big on its first animated feature film Henchmen. A who's who of today's top talent, including James Marsden (The D Train, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, HBO's upcoming Westworld), Thomas Middleditch (TV's Silicon Valley, The Wolf of Wall Street), Rosario Dawson (TV's Marvel's Daredevil, Top Five), Alfred Molina (Love Is Strange, Spider-Man 2), Nathan Fillion (TV's Castle), Jane Krakowski (TV's 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Rob Riggle (Dumb and Dumber To, 21 Jump Street & 22 Jump Street), Craig Robinson (This Is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Will Sasso (The Three Stooges) have been cast to give voice to Bron's original upcoming animated film Henchmen, currently in production at the company's studios in Burnaby and Duncan, British Columbia. Here's what Bron Studios' Aaron L. Gilbert had to say about Henchmen in a statement.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have such exceptional actors bring life to the characters in our film. It's the next step in making the unique world of Henchmen, our first animated feature film, truly spectacular."
A Bron Studios production in association with CW Media Finance, Henchmen is written and directed by Adam Wood (Escape from Planet Earth, Space Chimps), produced by Bron Studios' Aaron L. Gilbert and Luke Carroll; and executive produced by Jason Cloth of CW Media Finance and Bron's Brenda Gilbert. WME Global is handling sales of the film outside Canada. Entertainment One (eOne) will distribute the picture in Canada. Here's what director Adam Wood had to say in his statement.
"The diverse cast are pitch perfect for the irreverent and playful tone of the film - a little edgy with big personality."
Producer Luke Carroll also added his own statement.
"The level of talent coming together for this film has been nothing short of extraordinary."
In a hidden world of super-villains, evil schemes and global domination... someone has to take out the trash! Welcome to the world of Henchmen. When fresh-faced new recruit Lester (Thomas Middleditch) joins the Union of Evil, he is assigned to a motley crew of blue-collar workers including Stew (Craig Robinson), Jane (Jane Krakowski) and led by fallen henchmen Hank (James Marsden). Having survived a shift working for The Gluttonator (Will Sasso), they are assigned to the Vault of Villainy where Lester accidently steals the ultimate weapon. Meanwhile, the evil Baron Blackout (Alfred Molina) and his first-class henchmen Biff (Rob Riggle), are poised to defeat their nemesis Captain Superior (Nathan Fillion) and take over the entire world. In order to save Lester and his team, as well as Jolene (Rosario Dawson), the woman he loves, Hank must break his "risk nothing" code and become the one thing he has always avoided... being a hero. Check out the full short film along with the poster and photo for Henchmen below.