by: Sammy Mink
Animated adaptation THE CANTERVILLE GHOST adds Freddie Highmore, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Hart and Toby Jones to its cast. The comedy, based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, tells the story of Sir Simon de Canterville, a ghost in rural England who tries his best to spook a recently moved-in American family with futile results. They join British comedians Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Highmore, the youngest of the group, is known for his starring role as a young Norman Bates in the A&E series “Bates Motel” but has also starred in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Finding Neverland” and “The Golden Compass.” Next up for Highmore is a starring role opposite Jeremy Irons in the horror flick “Killing Frank.”
Staunton is known to “Harry Potter” fans around the world as the petite and pink menace Dolores Umbridge. She has also appeared in “Sense and Sensibility,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Vera Drake.” Her upcoming films include Disney’s “Maleficent” and comedy “The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet.”
Hart well known in Britain for her comedy roots which grew into her own BBC comedy series “Miranda.” On this side of the pond, Hart is known as the sweet and imposing Chummy Noakes on “Call the Midwife.” She is next set to appear in Paul Feig’s comedy SPY opposite Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law.
Jones, another “Potter” alum, is best known for his amazing embodiment of writer Truman Capote in “Infamous.” More recently, he has appeared in “My Week With Marilyn,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and “The Hunger Games.” Next on the agenda for Jones are roles in the last two “Hunger Games” films as well as drama “Serena” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Staunton, Highmore and Jones are repped by Artist Rights Group. Hart is repped by Troika.