She’s played a sexy double agent. She’s played a comic-book assassin. And now, in her most transformative role to date, Jennifer Garner will play… a llama.
Garner will voice Mama Llama in the new animated series Llama Llama, Netflix announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Based on the best-selling book series by Anna Dewdney, the show will follow the adventures of its titular character as he learns and grows alongside his closest friends — and, of course, his mother, with whom he shares a “warm and loving bond. She is his rock and safe haven.”
“I’ve read Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books to my kids hundreds of times in the last 10 years,” Garner said in a statement. “Little did I know it would all count as rehearsal — I’m thrilled to bring Mama Llama to life for Netflix! The Llama Llama books are so fun to read, your kids won’t even notice they are learning life lessons, such as how to battle boredom, or braving the first day of school. But when your kids watch the coziness of Mama Llama’s relationship with her Little Llama, be ready for an extra snuggle as you connect, while learning about the world around you.”
The series boasts an all-star creative team, including directors Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and Saul Blinkoff (Doc McStuffins), showrunner Joe Purdy (Hey Arnold!), art director Ruben Aquino (Frozen), and producers Jane Startz (The Magic School Bus) and Andy Heyward (Captain Planet and the Planeteers).
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