Australian entertainer Peter Andre has become the latest name to join the voice cast of the upcoming CG animated Thomas & Friends film.
The 80-minute CG animated special, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie will show at 400 cinemas throughout the UK from July 20 this year, before hitting screens around the world.
Andre has been cast as the character Ace, an Australian rally car that inspired Thomas to leave his home of Sodor and travel the world. The singer has also recorded a new song for the movie called Free and Easy which will be available on Spotify for the launch of the film.
This is the 13 feature length film to be produced by the Thomas & Friends franchise and has some big names attached to it. Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Bonneville and Olivia Coleman are a host of British stars lending their voice to the feature film.
Peter Andre, said: “It is a real honour to be voicing the character of Ace and such a buzz for me to b doing my first worldwide movie voiceover for something that I grew up on and loved as a child and that my kids now love too.
“With Thomas leaving Sodor for the first time ever in this new movie and travelling around the world on his adventures, it is incredible for me to help introduce young viewers to the diverse range of cultures, different ways of life and animals that exist on our planet today.
“My character is a fun, energetic and cheeky little car called Ace, an Aussie who is a bit full of himself and he thinks he’s super cool, but when you peel away the layers he’s a real softy and everyone loves him. I can’t wait to unleash him onto screens when the film premieres around the world later this year.”
Products that support Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie include new Fisher-Price toys including the Thomas & Friends Turbo Junlge Set and Nia engines in the TrackMaster, Wood and Adventures segments.
Andre’s character Ace will be available as a toy in both the Adventures and TrackMaster ranges this summer.