LONDON — Satirical presenter and talk-show host John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”) and “Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey are set to join the voice-cast of the revamped animated series “Danger Mouse.”
Oliver will take the part of mad scientist wolf Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III, while Headey will be the voice of U.S. Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse.
Oliver said: “I’ve loved ‘Danger Mouse’ my whole life. ‘Danger Mouse’ was a significant part of my childhood. So to get a chance to do it is like getting a chance to step into your childhood, which is both a magical and a potentially hazardous thing.”
Headey said: “I wanted to do it (‘Danger Mouse’) because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now, and it’s just a treat to be involved in something that you loved as a kid and be able to share it.”
Other members of the voice-cast include Alexander Armstrong as secret agent Danger Mouse, Kevin Eldon as Danger Mouse’s trusty sidekick Penfold, Stephen Fry as Colonel K, and Dave Lamb as the narrator.
The series, a co-production of the BBC and FremantleMedia, is being animated by Boulder Media. The lead writer is Ben Ward, whose credits include “Horrible Histories” and “Tracy Beaker.” Sarah Muller is executive producer for the BBC, and Bob Higgins (“The Ricky Gervais Show”) and Chapman Maddox (“Max Steel”) are executive producers for FremantleMedia, which owns the global TV and licensing rights to the series.
The new “Danger Mouse” series will air in the U.K. in the fall on the BBC, and in the U.S. on Netflix and internationally from spring 2016. Netflix is also home to the original series.