The singer will join a slew of Brit thesps in the pic including Rebecca Front (“The Thick of It”), Parminder Nagra (“ER”), Noel Fielding (“The Mighty Boosh”), Mathew Horne (“Gavin and Stacey”), Prunella Scales (“Fawlty Towers”) and comedienne Jo Brand.
Walsh will make a cameo appearance in the pic, playing Henry’s cousin Prissy Polly.
Blighty’s Vertigo Films, the shingle behind “Streetdance 3D” and “Monsters,” will produce the pic alongside Novel Ent., while Prescience, Aegis Film Fund and the U.K. Film Council are funding the $9 million live-action project.
“Horrid Henry,” based on Francesca Simon’s successful children’s property of the same name, is helmed by Nick Moore, who directed 2008’s “Wild Child,” and has predominately worked as an editor in the biz, working on titles such as “Love Actually,” “The Full Monty” and Harrison Ford starrer “Morning Glory.”
Script is penned by Lucinda Whiteley who also produces alongside Vertigo’s Rupert Preston. Novel’s Mike Watts and Vertigo’s Allan Niblo will exec produce with Prescience’s Tim Smith and Paul Brett, and Aegis’s James Swarbrick.
Story sees Horrid Henry fight his ongoing battle against the tyranny of adults and is currently lensing in London. Pic is skedded for a summer 2011 release and Vertigo will distribute the pic in Blighty.