Both Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad have joined the cast of Little Monsters, a new zombie comedy that has nothing to do with the 1989 film that starred Fred Savage and Howie Mandel. The two will star opposite Alexander England in a film that is being written and directed by Abe Forsythe (Lad, “Mr. & Mrs. Murder”), according to ScreenDaily. The film is already in production in Sydney, Australia.
Little Monsters centres on Dave, a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew’s kindergarten class field trip after taking a shine to the plucky schoolteacher, Miss Caroline. Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world’s most famous kids show personality, and competition for Miss Caroline’s affections, Teddy McGiggle. One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak, from which Dave and Miss Caroline must protect the children.
Per the site, Snoot Entertainment’s Keith and Jess Calder are producing alongside Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson and Steve Hutensky, with Jeanne Snow serving as executive producer.
Keith Calder states, ““Jess and I are delighted to be working with Abe Forsythe and the whole team in Australia, as we’re huge fans of his first film Down Under. That we also get to work with Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad has turned a great experience into a total dream.”
Papandrea adds, “Abe is a brilliant filmmaker and I can’t wait for audiences to fall in love with this original film that is equal parts hilarious, heartwarming and terrifying. We at Made Up Stories have been longtime fans of Lupita’s and Josh’s extraordinary work and we are thrilled that they have come on board alongside Alex.”
Gad is widely known for being the voice of Olaf in Frozen. Nyong’o won an Academy Award for her role in 12 Years a Slave and will be seen next in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.