Dinklage to play evil scientist

Peter Dinklage has signed on to play the bad guy in Walt Disney Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment’s “Underdog.” Live-action version of the popular kids cartoon starts shooting April 10 in Rhode Island under the helm of Frederik Du Chau.

Dinklage will portray Simon Barsinister, an evil scientist who once created a Big Dipper Machine in an effort to steal the world’s water supply.

Spyglass’ Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman are producing along with Jay Polstein. Eric Ellenbogen and Bob Higgins exec produce.

Dinklage is onscreen now in “Find Me Guilty.” He recently wrapped “Penelope” alongside Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon as well as “3/5 of a Man” alongside Anthony Mackie and Ving Rhames. He also lensed the CBS pilot “Ultra.”

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