Josh Gad has enjoyed a string of recent successes, when it comes to lending his voice to family-friendly blockbusters. After lending his voice to the talking snowman Olaf in Disney's runaway smash hit Frozen in 2013, the onetime star of the hit Book of Mormon Broadway stage musical has carved out a niche for himself as a go-to talent for voice acting, with roles in the animated The Angry Birds Movie and Ice Age: Continental Drift this year alone.
On that note: Gad's latest starring turn as a voice actor will be in the family drama A Dog's Purpose, based in part on the 2010 novel of the same name by W. Bruce Campbell. Directed by Lasse Hallström (The Hundred-Foot Journey), Gad will feature as the inner voice of many dogs over the course of several lifetimes and with several different owners. Co-starring such talent as K.J. Apa (Riverdale), Dennis Quaid (Playing for Keeps), John Ortiz (Steve Jobs) and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), the upcoming movie looks to be a touching melodrama, as evidenced by its first official trailer.
In the footage featured above, distributor Universal Pictures promises an emotionally-packed drama about the love held between a dog and its owner, with Gad seeking to explore the moral purpose and existential meaning of a dog's life in the process. After appearing in numerous family friendly films already, A Dog's Purpose ought to prove to be yet another heartwarming film for fans of the Olaf voice actor to enjoy.
Check out the official poster for A Dog's Purpose below:
Despite pulling on the heartstrings in a manner that might come off as overbearing to some, A Dog's Purpose might yet surprise even the most reserved potential viewer thanks to its impressive cast of lead talent. In particular, Robertson's work in the similarly minded Tomorrowland from 2015 should serve her well in Hallström's latest theatrical effort, and Quaid's even natural approach to acting is always worthy of appreciation.
Gad will have quite a few feet to fill when he takes on the challenge of playing several dogs in A Dog's Purpose, but should be able to manage just fine given his recent track record in family films. Hallström's forthcoming movie seems eager to please general audiences on an emotional level - and with any luck it will manage to attract plenty of dog lovers to its tenderly intimated narrative of the special bond between people and their most faithful animal companions.
A Dog's Purpose will open in U.S. theaters on January 27th, 2017.
Source: Universal Pictures