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Neil Patrick Harris Lands the Lead Role in Smurfs: The Movie

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March 3, 2010
Source: Deadline

Neil Patrick Harris

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?

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  • johnny Crow
    NPH is amazing. Im down just because of that.
  • movie mike
    To answer your question alex. nobody is.
  • Mark D
    Wow that's a great actor to have attaced. Suddenly it seems like their making a real go at a decent movie. I just went from curious to slightly excited. Just hope they still LOOK like smurfs!
  • Xerxex
    smurfs? NO! Stupid ass show, no need for this to be on the big screen.
  • johnny Crow
    @2, uh have you read any other comments?
  • movie mike
    They weren't up before. I figured nobody would be. Guess not. This is gonna be the next alvin.
  • Mega Jet Jaguar
    Smurfectamundo!
  • People's Champ
    I'm sure NPH will be hanging with Vanity Smurf.
  • budbud
    Smurfette......what's up!
  • silver
    NPH 'nuff said
  • BungeeBall
    There were two other guys in the Smurfs. Although they hardly ever showed up except in the movie they made about the Magic Flute. One was a knight for the human kingdom that was nearby and the other was his jester I think. John and PeeWee was there names I think. If they are being faithful to the shows plot NPH would make a great fit for the knight. As for the two female roles I can't think of who they might be in the series.
  • The Kidd
    I loved the Smurfs as a kid and NPH is hilarious but i just don't see this translating to film well. It will probably be a modern day interpretation in which NPH is a normal guy who stumbles upon the Smurfs and then here come the wacky shenanigans. He would be a funny Gargamel though if they go that way.
  • killerglove
    I used to like scooby doo. now i hate it. i used to like the smurfs. i'm probably going to hate them too after seeing this dumb ass movie.
  • Smurf eater
    This is just smurfin' smurfy, i can't smurfin' wait!!!
  • Swarley
    Um with NPH attached I have hopes for this movie, I would check it out.
  • Black Dynamite
    Lol, that dude is a Smurf. Good choice.

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