Lena Headey joins cast of Danger Mouse reboot
James R | On 13, Jul 2015
Lena Headey has joined the cast of CBBC’s Danger Mouse reboot.
The new version of the animated show will see the Game of Thrones actress voice the the super-smart tones of US Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse. Sassy and stealthy, Jeopardy is a “super-proficient American, female version” of Danger Mouse. The unseen star of the US Secret Service, she performs her missions with the minimum of fuss.
She will join another new cast member, John Oliver, formerly of The Daily Show, who will voice Danger Mouse’s long-time adversary, mad scientist wolf Dr Augustus P Crumhorn III.
The news was announced at Comic-Con 2015 last night, where the show had its own panel, consisting of Chair of the production team, Bob Higgins (Aquabats Supershow, The Ricky Gervais Show), executive producer for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, Chapman Maddox (Grojband, Max Steel), executive producer and head of CBBC acquisitions, Sarah Muller, and lead writer Ben Ward (Horrible Histories).
The panel also revealed that villainous vampire duck and original Danger Mouse spin-off character Count Duckula will appear in the new series, testing Danger Mouse’s resolve with his traditionally dark and dangerous ways.
Lena Headey said: “I wanted to do it 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. Those moments as an actor that come a long once in while are not to be missed.”
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver added: “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! It will be awesome, I can’t wait to see it, let alone hear myself in it!”
The new cast members will appear alongside the already announced Alexander Armstrong as the world’s smallest secret agent, Kevin Eldon as Danger Mouse’s trusty sidekick, Penfold, Stephen Fry, who plays Colonel K, and Dave Lamb, who voices the narrator.
The re-imagined new series will premiere on CBBC in the autumn, while Netflix has signed a deal with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, who owns the global TV and licensing rights, to release it in other countries as a Netflix Original kids’ show. The series will then arrive on Netflix UK following its CBBC broadcast.