LAIKA Announces 'Missing Link' As Title Of Next Film; Stars Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis

LAIKA, the Oscar-nominated animation studio behind such films as CoralineParaNormanThe Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings, has announced its upcoming fifth film; Missing Link. The animated film is directed by ParaNorman​ director Chris Butler and stars a voice cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Ching Valdez-Aran and Amrita Acharia. It will be released in the Spring of 2019.

“Missing Link is an artistic and technical wonder,” said LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight. “Led by our visionary director Chris Butler, LAIKA has once again blended fine art, craftsmanship, and cutting-edge technology to achieve something we’ve never tried before: a raucous comedy entwined with a swashbuckling epic, underscoring the universal need to find belonging. Commingling keenly felt emotion, madcap humor, and retina-bursting visuals, Missing Link is a kaleidoscopic cinematic experience unlike any other. It’s the most striking thing we’ve ever done.”

Hugh Jackman will voice Sir Lionel Frost, a charismatic investigator of myths and monsters in search of the missing link between man and its primitive ancestors. Zach Galifianakis will provide the voice of Mr. Link, who is the last of his kind and is rather lonely as a result. With the help of Sir Lionel, he hopes to find the fabled valley of Shangri-La and maybe others like him. Helping them get there is Adelina Fortnight, voiced by Zoe Saldana, who has the only known map to the destination. Together the three will cross unknown lands and encounter dangerous perils and villains who want to stop them in their tracks.

“It was a constant source of delight to witness how our game and captivating cast imbued these larger- than- life characters with distinct personality,” said writer/director Chris Butler. “Hugh lends Sir Lionel a giddy schoolboy enthusiasm bubbling beneath the surface of his suave English gent; Zoe brings an unflappable ardor and a witty playfulness to Adelina, and Zach's performance as Link is not only laugh-out-loud funny, but a beautifully nuanced balance of innocence and vulnerability. It was a treat to be able to join this eclectic gang of adventurers on their journey across the world.”

Missing Link is the most ambitious LAIKA project to date as over 110 sets with 65 unique locations were created to achieve the film's scale, according to producer Arianne Sutner. “It's only now with our fifth film that as a team we have the experience, the know-how and the collaborative confidence to even attempt a movie of this size and scope. I couldn’t be more in awe of our LAIKA crew members. Their endless reserves of imagination were pushed to the limit during the production of this ambitious movie, and we ended up soaring past those limits.”

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