American Idol season 8 alum Adam Lambert is set for the voice cast for family feature, Playmobil: The Movie. Also leading the cast is singer and The Four judge Meghan Trainor, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and comic Jim Gaffigan.
Adam and Meghan will both contribute original songs to the production, reports Deadline.
The animation-live action hybrid movie, based on the popular kids toy line, is due out next year. The film will follow the adventures of siblings Charlie (Bateman) and Marla (Taylor-Joy). When the former unexpectedly disappears into the animated universe of Playmobil, Marla must go on a quest to bring him home. During her adventures she teams up with some unlikely new friends, including smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Gaffigan), dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot and an extravagant fairy-godmother (Trainor). Lambert will voice the character of villain Emperor Maximus.
Ooh. Adam plays a villain. It sounds like a fun role. Playmobil is basically world-building for kids and should offer lots of storytelling possibilities.
According to Deadline, the movie is created and directed by Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo, who served as head of animation on Frozen and was animation supervisor on Tangled and Bolt. Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland wrote the script. The Playmobil team is now in talks with potential American distribution partners.