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‘Captain Underpants’ Movie Gets Comedy Cast of Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele & Thomas Middleditch

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It looks like DreamWorks’ adaptation of the Captain Underpants book series is moving forward. The studio has announced some of the film’s cast today.


The Captain Underpants cast is interesting in that it’s not filled with celebrity A-listers that is typical of animated films today. Instead it features talented crop of comedians such as Nick Kroll (of Comedy Central’s Kroll Show), Jordan Peele (MadTV), Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover), Kevin Hart and Thomast Middleditch. One thing is for sure: Captain Underpants is going to be a riot.

Back in October, it was announced that Shark Tale and Monsters vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman was at the helm of the project and that Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets) would be penning the script. This was the first sign that it was moving closer to production.

That cast is actually bigger than the cast for Trolls (which only consists of two people), which DreamWorks is currently planning to release in fall 2016. It’s possible that Captain Underpants may end up being the studio’s fall 2016 release with Trolls following in spring 2017. If not, then we might have a good idea of what DreamWorks will give us in 2017. The Croods‘ sequel is also imminent, plus Flawed Dogs now has a director – Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, also wrote the scripts for Fantastic Mr. Fox and Madagascar 3). DreamWorks’ 2017 slate could consist of those three films, or maybe not. Nothing is set in stone, especially with this studio, as they shuffle their schedule quite a bit.

From the press release:

Captain Underpants is based on Dav Pilkey’s popular book series and centers around two scheming fourth graders, George Beard (Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch) whose personal missions are to play pranks, hide in their secret treehouse and write comic books.  But when they accidentally bring their favorite comic book character, Captain Underpants, to life through a hypnosis accident involving their megalomaniacal principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms), their elementary school life becomes anything but elementary.   Rounding out the cast will be Jordan Peele who will voice Melvin, the nerdy nemesis of George and Harold, and Nick Kroll as the insidious villain, Professor Poopypants.

What are your thoughts on DreamWorks making a Captain Underpants movie? Good idea? Or unnecessary? Sound off below!

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About Kyle Ostrum

Kyle is a huge animation fan who aspires to write and direct in animation one day. He's also a huge Disney geek, collector, writer, music lover and drawer.
  • I’m excited to see Jordan Peele doing an animated voice over, he is a master of impressions

  • tt

    with creation of this and Peabody, it is safe to assume dreamworks will chage more of our 2D childhood into CGI and fill them all with pop-culture references. I can imagine it already: Powerpuff Girls will be next. *shrug*

  • Marier Villarreal

    I’ve already read the series, I just don’t know what to think about this.

  • I’ve never read the series so I don’t know what to think.

    But I personally don’t feel that a group of comedian voice actors is much better than a group of A-list celebrity voice actors.

  • EllaCedar13

    Why, DreamWorks? Why must you go there?
    I’m sorry, I really don’t think this deserves to be a movie…

  • ILDC

    Is there any reason they’re not using child actors?

  • EHH

    Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch as the boys? WHY?!? Sherman is being played by a child actor. Why can’t they do that with George and Harold as well?

    • ILDC

      Maybe they’ll be redubbed right before the movie comes out like Seth Green in Mars Needs Moms.

  • Haley TheRadiant

    Never cared for the comic even though I had read it all I can say is……
    “Good luck with that!” Quote from Mr. Moseby, Suite Life of Zack and Cody

  • tyson kingsbury

    my 7 yr old son is crazy for these books…looks like he’s got something to look forward to in a few years…