Things are about to get Smurfy for Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, and Jack McBrayer. The three have been added to the voice cast of SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, the third installment of the big-screen adaptation of the popular animated series from the ’80s.
Manganiello will voice Hefty, the strong and super-positive Smurf of the village; Pudi will lend his voice to the super-smart Brainy and McBrayer will put some Kenneth Parcell-style sweetness into Clumsy. The trio joins Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as the villainous Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf.
The story will center around Smurfette as she tries to find her place in the village. She decides to goes out to search for purpose, only to cross paths with a mysterious creature that takes off into the Enchanted Forest. She follows it and is joined by Brainy, Hefty, and Clumsy and they go on an adventure while Gargamel is hot on their heels.
The Lost Village will be directed by Kelly Asbury and written by Pamela Ribon, David Ronn, and Jay Scherick. The Smurfs franchise has been a box office success for Columbia Pictures drawing in more than $900 million. Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder will produce and Raja Gosnell and Ben Waisbren will serve as executive producers. The movie will bow on March 31, 2017.
Manganiello is known for his role as Big Dick Richie in the Magic Mike franchise. He can also be seen in Knight of Cups and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, which will premiere at SXSW next month. Pudi spent six seasons (no movie yet) in the fan favorite comedy Community and McBrayer rose to popularity as the dim-witted page with a heart of gold in 30 Rock.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer