By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
… and I can not wait for this series to air. The style is going to be very different from the original, and I can accept that. There is a unique style charm that marionettes offer which made the classic series great. The storytelling was top-notch and there’s nothing like revisiting some fond ol’ memories.
In contrast, this new series will feature CGI animation and live-action sets. That’s a very curious mix. Who knows, maybe this style of presentation will work. No stills have been released yet as news of who will be voicing whom is the talk of the town in cyberspace.
Rosamund Pike (The World’s End, Gone Girl) will be the voice of Lady Penelope and David Graham (Thunderbirds 1965) will be reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue Agent Parker. Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Facejacker) whilst Tracy brothers Gordon and John are both played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones). Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale, Lead Balloon) has been cast as both the youngest and oldest Tracy brothers Alan and Scott. The fifth Tracy brother, Virgil, will be played by David Menkin. Matriarch Grandma Tracy is voiced by Sandra Dickinson (Amazing World of Gumball, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and master villain The Hood played by Andres Williams (M.I. High, Foyle’s War).
With such a stellar cast which is a who’s who of top-notch British talent, the press release adds:
Thunderbirds Are Go! will feature new characters including Kayo, the Tracy brothers’ friend and fellow island resident, who will be played by Angel Coulby (Merlin, Dancing on the Edge) and Colonel Casey voiced by Adjoa Andoh (Invictus, Doctor Who)
Giles Ridge, Executive Producer, Thunderbirds Are Go! said: “Each member of the cast has brought a brilliantly fresh and unique approach to these wonderful characters.I can’t think of anyone better than Rosamund to bring back to life the fabulous Lady Penelope and we are honoured that David Graham has joined the cast to revisit his role as Parker.”