Jennifer Garner leads new cast additions for Netflix kids’ series
Staff Reporter | On 27, Jul 2016
Jennifer Garner is leading a long line-up of new cast additions for Netflix’s original kids’ series.
The award-winning actress, who is an advocate for early childhood development, has signed on to voice the character of Mama Llama on Netflix’s animated series, Llama Llama.
Based on the acclaimed and best-selling book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, the show tells “heart-warming tales about childhood moments and adventures, as well as the special connections between lead character Llama, his family and best friends”.
Llama and his mother, in particular, share a warm and loving bond – she is his rock and safe haven as her son experiences growing up.
“I’ve read Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books to my kids hundreds of times in the last ten years,” says Garner. “Little did I know it would all count as rehearsal – I’m thrilled to bring Mama Llama to life for Netflix! The Llama Llama books are so fun to read – your kids won’t even notice they are learning life lessons, such as how to battle boredom, or braving the first day of school. But when your kids watch the coziness of Mama Llama’s relationship with her Little Llama, be ready for an extra snuggle as you connect, while learning about the world around you.”
Produced by Genius Brands International and set to premiere in 2017 to Netflix members worldwide, Llama Llama is led by an all-star team of creators including Oscar-winning director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King), director Saul Blinkoff (Doc McStuffins), showrunner Joe Purdy, legendary art director Ruben Aquino (Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, The Lion King) and Emmy-award winning producers Jane Startz and Andy Heyward.
Netflix has also finalised its cast for Greenhouse Academy (formerly The Greenhouse). The original tween series will star regulars Jessica Amlee, Cinthya Carmona, Nadine Ellis, Reina Hardesty, Dallas Hart, BJ Mitchell, Ariel Mortman, Chris O’Neal, Benjamin Papac, Finn Roberts, Parker Stevenson and Grace Van Dien, as well as Ishai Golan, who is a recurring cast member.
Greenhouse Academy is a live action series set in an elite boarding school in Southern California called The Greenhouse. Students are divided into two rival houses that must join forces to conquer challenges when an evil plot is uncovered.
Paula Yoo (West Wing, Defiance, Eureka) is adapting with showrunner Giora Chamizer, who wrote and created the original series. Nutz Productions, a subsidiary company of Ananey Communications, will produce the series for Netflix.