Samuel L. Jackson is slated to join Chris Pratt in Alcon Entertainment’s impending Garfield-inspired animated feature film.
Jackson will portray a brand-new character, Vic, the father of Garfield. The experienced Hollywood actor is well recognized for his roles in blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park, the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Goodfellas, Coming to America, Menace II Society, and Pulp Fiction.
It was previously revealed that Pratt will provide the voice of Garfield, the comic strip kitty who despises Mondays and loves lasagna, in the upcoming animated film that is based on a story written by David Reynolds and helmed by Mark Dindal. Sony Pictures Entertainment is engaged in worldwide distribution (excluding China).
Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield comic book and brand, sold the rights to Alcon, who also serves as executive producer with Bridget McMeel and Craig Sost. Alongside Alcon principals, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, John Cohen, and Steven P. Wegner are also on board as producers.
The comic strip Garfield, created by artist Davis and first hit shelves in June 1978, depicts the cynical and slothful orange cat and his interactions with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and companion pet Odie, the lovely dog.