Star Wars' John Boyega to Headline Netflix's Watership Down Series

John Boyega is headed to a new far-flung galaxy, this one populated by animated rabbits.  

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormtrooper has signed on to lead an A-list voice ensemble in the forthcoming animated miniseries Watership Down, Deadline reports.

Boyega will be joined by James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Ben Kingsley (Tut) and Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) in this BBC One co-production based on Richard Adams’ 1972 action novel. The four-part adaptation follows a small group of rabbits who escape the certain destruction of their habitat in search of a new home that promises a more perfect society.

Adams’ novel was last adapted for UK television in 1999, which itself was based on a 1978 film adaptation voiced by John Hurt (The Last Panthers) and Richard Briers (Doctor Who). A premiere date for this latest incarnation has not been set.

Will you tune in for Netflix’s all-star animation?

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8 Comments
  1. lets not forget that Boyega was in the last season of “24”, when they brought it back for 12 eps. 👍

  2. Joey says:

    Aw, I’d rather they did the Redwall series instead…

  3. JM says:

    I absolutely love that book. I hope they do it justice.

  4. He’s probably voicing Bigwig. I personally always saw Fiver as the main character. I can’t wait to find out who voices Fiver.

  5. Yeahman says:

    Found this out from comingsoon.net.
    James McAvoy as Hazel
    Nicholas Hoult as Fiver
    John Boyega as Bigwig
    Ben Kingsley as General Woundwart
    Gemma Arterton as Clover
    Miles Jupp as Blackberry
    Freddie Fox as Captain Holly
    Olivia Colman as Strawberry
    and Anne – Marie Duff as Hyzenthlay

    And if anyone is to play Kehaar, my moneys on Simon Pegg