Production begins on Katherine Applegate’s ‘The One and Only Ivan’

Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito have signed on to voice characters in the film.

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Production has begun at Pinewood Studios outside London on  a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the children’s book by Katherine Applegate.

Directed by Thea Sharrock (“Me before You”). “The One and Only Ivan” stars Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo,” “Breaking Bad”); Ramon Rodriquez (“Iron Fist,” “The Defenders”); Arianna Greenblatt (“A Bad Moms Christmas”); Indira Varma (“Patrick Melrose,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”); and Eleanor Matsuura (“Wonder Woman,” “Sherlock”).

It also features the vocal talents of Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Moon”) and the young actress Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”).  Helen Mirren (“Winchester,” “The Queen”) and Emmy® and Danny DeVito (“Dumbo,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) have also signed on to voice characters in the film.

Based on the true story of a uniquely-talented gorilla and the other animals who share a communal habitat at a suburban shopping mall, “The One and Only Ivan” is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place we call home. Applegate’s book, a #1 New York Times’ bestseller, has won numerous awards, including the Newberry Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in 2013.

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