Neil Patrick Harris Lands the Lead Role in Smurfs: The Movie
How's this for casting news? Deadline reports that Neil Patrick Harris has landed the role of the human (live-action) lead in Sony's Smurfs: The Movie (though it may be titled just The Smurfs in the end). This live-action / animation hybrid is being developed like Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks or WB's Scooby-Doo, but let's hope it's not as bad as those. As was announced late last year, Scooby-Doo director Raja Gosnell is directing The Smurfs from a screenplay by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss (both of Jimmy Neutron, Shrek 2, Daddy Day Camp). Shooting starts this April when Harris is on hiatus from "How I Met Your Mother."
We don't know much about this Smurfs movie yet, but I have a feeling Harris is one of the only main human characters. Besides Gargamel, there weren't many humans in the original show, right? Apparently there are two other major supporting roles for female actresses that need to be filled. Sony has been working on The Smurfs for a while, since they've been doing early animation work already, but we're only just now starting to hear about the live-action side of things. Sony has this set for release on July 29th, 2011 next summer, so we've still got a long way to go. Stay tuned for more updates! Who's excited for The Smurfs movie?