As big admirer of Sam Rockwells work we’re thrilled that he has joined Angelina in The One and Only Ivan!
Sam Rockwell, who is nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar for his provocative turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is heading to Disney.
The actor has signed a deal to star in The One and Only Ivan, Disney’s adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate.
Thea Sharrock, director of the tearjerker Me Before You, is helming the live-action/CG hybrid, which has a script by Mike White and has Angelina Jolie on board as a producing as well as voicing one of the lead characters.
Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella (Jolie) and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant named Ruby enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.
Rockwell will voice the title character of Ivan the gorilla.