Star Wars star Daisy Ridley and British comedian Stephen Fry have reportedly joined the voice cast of The Inventor, written and directed by Jim Capobianco, the Oscar-nominated scribe of Ratatouille and has credits in Inside Out, Monsters, Inc, and Toy Story 2 as a story artist.
French major mk2 films is handling international rights with The Exchange overseeing the U.S. sale. The film will also take part in next week’s virtual Cannes Marche, which will open on Monday.
Shooting is scheduled for August 2021, and is expected to debut in Spring 2023.
The Inventor is a feature stop-motion animation about Leonardo da Vinci. Fry will voice the acclaimed Renaissance Man and Ridley will be the French Princess Marguerite. The film will center around the life of the insatiably curious and headstrong inventor as he leaves Italy to join the French court, where he can experiment freely with inventing flying contraptions, incredible machines, and studying the human body. He is joined by the princess to answer the ultimate question of his life: what is the meaning of it all?
The Inventor is a $10M project is being produced by Robert Rippberger and Capobianco with executive producer Don Hahn, whose credits include The Lion King and Beauty And The Beast. The crew is packed with notable animators, including the Oscar-nominated Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of The Sea), who is handling hand-drawn sequences, composer Alex Mandel who wrote songs for Pixar’s Brave,
Rippberger and Capobianco made a statement about The Inventor: “We are making this film for children and the child in many adults. It has action, adventure, beauty and humor. We hope it will spark curiosity in its young audience and inspire girls and boys to become the Leonardo’s of the 21st century. We are ecstatic to join mk2 and The Exchange as we bring The Inventor to the big screen.”
mk2 Films revealed the first look at the movie through Deadline: