This fall, Netflix will release a new stop-motion animated feature from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Henry Selick and Academy Award winner Jordan Peele. Wendel & Wild was written by Selick and Peele in collaboration with Keegan-Michael Key, Henry Selick, and Clay McLeod Chapman.
Monkeypaw Productions, Gotham Group, and Principato-Young Entertainment are producing the film, which is set to premiere on Netflix in 2021. It will be Selick’s first feature picture since Coraline, which he directed in 2009.
Sarah Serata will co-produce, with Win Rosenfeld, Peter Principato, Joel Zadak, Lindsay Williams, and Eddie Gamarra serving as executive producers.
Not only does the film appear to be a lot of fun, but it will also reunite longtime collaborators Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who you may recall from the comic series Key and Peele. Wendell will be played by Emmy Award-winning actor Keegan-Michael Key, with Peele co-starring as his brother Wild.
Here’s all we know so far about the new flick.
Wendell & Wild’s release date has been updated.
However, the exact debut date is unknown. Netflix has announced that the film will be available on the platform in October 2022. It appears that they’re planning to release it during the Halloween season, which fits with the film’s creepy vibe.
Wendell and Wild Cast
In March 2022, a promotional movie featuring the characters and their voice performers unveiled the entire voice cast for Wendell and Wild.
The following is the cast for Wendell and Wild:
Wendell is played by Keegan-Michael Key.
Jordan Peele in the role of Wild
Kat is played by Lyric Ross.
Sister Helley is played by Angela Bassett.
Father Bests (James Hong)
Raul is played by Sam Zelaya.
Sloane is played by Seema Virdi.
Siobhan is played by Tamara Smart.
Ramona Young in the role of Sweetie
Buffalo Belzer is played by Ving Rhames.
Peele and Keegan-Michael Key agreed to discuss the project during the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, according to Selick (via Variety). “, he explained.
“I contacted [Peele] and discussed the project’s concept, and meeting and working with him, as well as Keegan-Michael Key, has been a dream come true for me.”
I had an old idea for ‘Wendell and Wild,’ and Jordan wanted to be more than just a voice actor. He wants to collaborate, be a producer, and work on plot and writing, and collaborating with him has impacted the project in so many positive ways.”
Synopsis of Wendell & Wild
Wendell & Wild is an animated film by Henry Selick and Jordan Peele about cunning demon brothers Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele) who seek the help of 13-year-old Kat Elliot — a tough girl with a lot of guilt – to summon them to the Land of the Living.
But what Kat demands in return leads to a brilliantly weird and humorous adventure unlike any other, an animated tale that defies the laws of life and death, all told via the handcrafted craftsmanship of stop motion animation.
Teaser for Wendell & Wild
Netflix gave an early glimpse of the next stop motion film at Netflix Geeked Week 2022.
No. The stop-motion animated film has yet to receive a trailer from Netflix. This summer, we should get one.
Last but not least,
This is Netflix’s second attempt at a high-profile stop-motion animated film. Bubbles, a film about Michael Jackson’s pet chimp made by Starburns Industries and now in production, was also acquired by the studio.
According to Henry Selick, who directed the film,
“‘Wendell and Wild’ is a comedy about two cunning demon brothers who must fight their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth youths Kat and Raoul,” according to the press release. The characters will be designed by Argentinian artist Pablo Lobato.