The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis is certainly making a name for himself as of late: after starring in the $461 million comedy smash hit this summer, he has garnered himself a slew of roles (which is unsurprising – he was hilarious in The Hangover), the latest of which is voicing children’s nursery rhyme character, Humpty Dumpty, in the upcoming Shrek spin-off movie, Puss In Boots.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Galifianakis is in talks to voice Humpty Dumpty, and if cast he’ll be joining the voice of Puss In Boots himself, Antonio Banderas, as well as Salma Hayek who’s voicing “Kitty.” The spin-off will be written by Tom Wheeler, and will be a prequel (an origin story, we’ve heard) leading up to the feisty feline’s meeting-up with Shrek and Co. in Shrek 2.
Shrek the Third director, Chris Miller, wrote an earlier draft of the script but a new one will be written by Wheeler. However, Miller will still direct the Dreamworks animated film, which is now set to hits theaters on November 4th, 2011 (previously March 30th, 2012). Before then, Puss In Boots will make another appearance in the fourth installment of the hugely successful Shrek franchise, entitled Shrek Forever After (will that be the last one? The name seems to suggest so…).
Although I don’t think the Puss In Boots character can sustain a full-length feature film on his own (he works in small doses, and even then the novelty wears off, IMHO), I must admit I’m interested to see which characters they will use in the spin-off. We’ve heard that it won’t feature any of the main characters from the main Shrek series, which makes sense since Puss doesn’t meet them until the second movie.
Now that Humpty Dumpty is going to make an appearance (with the talented Galifianakis potentially voicing him), it makes me wonder which other classic nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters (that aren’t already part of the Shrek universe) will be featured in the spin-off.
What do you think of Galifianakis potentially voicing Humpty Dumpty? Which other characters would you like to see make an appearance in the spin-off?
As stated, Puss In Boots is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2011.