BREAKING: Simon Pegg and Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo join HUMP

May 12, 2018

With the Cannes Marché du Film in full swing, Variety breaks the news that rising star Gaten Matarazzo, who has drawn accolades for his role as Dustin in the Netflix hit show Stranger Things, and comedy and blockbuster favorite Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun Of The Dead) have joined the English-language voice cast of the prestige animated feature HUMP from MovieBrats Pictures, directed by Pixar veteran artist Rob Gibbs. Comedian Ramy Youssef (star of Hulu's new comedy show The Ramy) is also taking on a lead role.

Matarazzo is set to play the lead role of Rami, with Youssef voicing his human best friend Omar. Simon Pegg is set as a villainous character named Basil, a British badger who takes the film's heroes captive while protecting an abandoned British outpost in the Arabian desert, desperately awaiting Her Majesty's return.

Packed with exotic locations and fast-paced action set pieces, HUMP will also feature a number of original musical numbers to be performed by the cast.

"Seeing this talent come together for HUMP and seeing how this project takes shape has been an incredible adventure in itself," said producer Alexander Weimer. "We can't wait for our characters to come alive with Gaten bringing a perfect mix of innocent charm and playfulness to Rami, Simon playing off of that with his signature British humor and a bit of a looney edge for Basil. Add to that Ramy Youssef's deadpan comedy and you know that you'll have a movie that both, kids and grown-ups, will enjoy."

HUMP is a Germany-Belgium co-production, produced by Weimer, Esther Friedrich and Sundance Audience Award-winner Amin Matalqa (Captain Abu Raed, The Rendezvous) for Berlin and LA based MovieBrats Pictures with Eric Goossens co-producing for Belgian animation studio Walking The Dog (Another Day Of Life) from a script by LA-based writers Matt Antonelli and Matalqa.

International sales are handled by Australia's Odin’s Eye Entertainment. The project has already closed a number of key territories including China, Poland, South Korea, the Middle East, Turkey, Ukraine, Portugal, Israel, Greece, Baltics with more territories under negotiation here in Cannes. UTA is providing voice talent and handling U.S. distribution with further A-list cast in negotiations. In pre-production now, HUMP is expected to roll out in 2020.

Head on over to Variety for additional video news on the announcement.