Teller will play the lead role of Gilbert, an outcast aardvark, in the story of Noah’s Ark told from the perspective of animals. It’s directed by Kung Fu Panda filmmaker John Stevenson and is currently in production. Unified’s Keith Kjarval and Kurt Rauer produce while Cecil Kramer, a producer on Aardman Animation’s Oscar-winning Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit, exec produces. Unified’s Ben Ruffman and Steve Goldstein also exec produce along with The Fyzz’s Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones and Watson Enterprises’ Kitt Watson.
Story sees Gilbert become the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen natural disasters, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that a in a world of “twos,” anybody could be “the one,” even a lowly aardvark.
Teller’s known for his performance in Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning drumming sensation Whiplash as well as his performances in War Dogs and the Divergent series. Next up, he can be seen in Ben Younger’s Bleed for This, out in November. He recently wrapped Thank You for Your Service and Granite Mountain.
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“Gilbert is young, spirited, sarcastic, and we couldn’t have found a more perfect artist to bring Gilbert to life in Miles,” said Stevenson.
Kjarval added: “Miles is an exceptionally talented and comically gifted young man who’s perfect for our hero Gilbert.”
Teller is repped by CAA and Sone, Genow, Semlkinson, Binder & Christopher.
WME Global is repping rights for the title.
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