Eddie Redmayne has joined Nick Park’s eagerly anticipated Early Man, which Studio Canal is financing, selling and distributing in its core markets. Early Man is a stop-frame feature film that sees Park going behind the camera for the first time since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Park also co-directed Chicken Run. Mark Burton and John O’Farrell have written the script. The BFI is also a partner on the film.  Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day, while also inadvertently inventing the game of football.

The film is part of StudioCanal’s expansion into family fare following the global success of Paddington– $260 million worldwide gross and counting- and Shaun the Sheep. Redmayne won the Academy Award for his bravura performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He will next be seen in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. He is repped by United Agents and CAA.