The last few years have seen a trend towards movies based on toys, including The Lego Movie one and two, Trolls and more. Next to follow in their footsteps is Playmobil: The Movie, released this August slap bang in the middle of the school summer holidays.
As if those of a certain generation needed reminding, Playmobil is a toy-building brand consisting of people, buildings and much more, with theme sets, animals, vehicles and different costumes that allow children to create whatever Playmobil world they like.
The new film based on this playing set is a blend of live-action and animation – we’re here to give you the run down on who is voicing these little plastic figures.
Anya Taylor-Joy is Marla
If you haven’t seen Anya Taylor-Joy over the last few years, then where have you been? Taylor-Joy made her breakthrough in hailed horror film The Witch (2015), and has since starred in the likes of Morgan (2016), Split (2016) and its sequel Glass (2019), and Thoroughbreds (2017).
If you’re going to be watching the television adaptation of Jim Henson’s prequel The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix this year, you’ll hear her voice too as Brea.
In Playmobil, she stars as Marla, a young woman who gets sucked into the world of the toy to save her little brother. Taylor-Joy then doubles-up as the voice of Marla’s Playmobil counterpart.
Gabriel Bateman is Charlie
Marla’s younger brother is Charlie, played by Gabriel Bateman. Bateman has appeared in Annabelle (2014), Lights Out (2016) and, more recently, 2019’s remake of Childs Play, so it’s nice to see him star in a film that isn’t a horror.
Charlie loves his Playmobil toys, but he then gets sucked into its world, transforms into his own Playmobil figure and is kidnapped, meaning Marla has to rescue him.
Jim Gaffigan is Del
One of the first people Marla meets in the Playmobil realm is Del, a food truck driver who promises to help her find her younger brother.
Gaffigan is a comedian and actor, known for roles in Super Troopers (2001) and its 2018 sequel, 17 Again (2009), The Love Guru (2008) and Going the Distance (2010). He also enjoys a successful television career, including The Jim Gaffigan Show and My Boys.
Daniel Radcliffe is Rex Dasher
Also helping Marla in the quest to find Charlie is Rex Dasher, a dashingly cool and sophisticated secret agent voiced by none other than Daniel Radcliffe.
Ever since his tenure as boy wizard Harry Potter ended in 2011, Radcliffe has starred in a multitude of genres, including Now You See Me 2 (2016), The Woman in Black (2012), Horns (2013) and Swiss Army Man (2016). Given he’s conquered pretty much every type of movie bar animation, it was perhaps inevitable Radcliffe would appear in one sooner or later.
Meghan Trainor is the Fairy Godmother
Singer Meghan Trainor, responsible for hits including All About That Bass, Dear Future Husband and Marvin Gaye, lends her voice to Playmobil as a fairy-godmother.
This is not her first film appearance, as she voiced Smurfmelody in Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017). We’re expecting this fairy-godmother to have a beautiful and soulful singing voice.
Adam Lambert is Emperor Maximus
Adam Lambert came to attention via his stint on American Idol and has since taken the world by storm, renowned for his successful solo career, plus his collaboration with Queen over the last few years. We can imagine his character Emperor Maximus, the villain of the piece, enjoying a song or two.
Kenan Thompson is Bloodbones
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live veteran and one half of TV duo Kenan and Kel, also features in Playmobil as pirate Bloodbones.
A veteran of voice acting roles in animated films, Thompson’s CV includes Wonder Park (2019), The Grinch (2018), The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 (2011, 2013) and Space Chimps (2008). And he's voicing a singing troll in next year’s Trolls World Tour, the sequel to 2016's monster animated hit.
Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.