Rosamund Pike is to voice Lady Penelope in ITV’s upcoming reinvention of the classic 1960s series Thunderbirds, entitled Thunderbirds Are Go!
The former Bond girl, who played Miranda Frost in Die Another Day, will star as aristocratic secret agent Lady P alongside David Graham, who reprises his vocal role as her chauffeur Parker from the original 1965 series. Fonejacker Kayvan Novak will play boffin Brains, with Game of Thrones’ Thomas Brodie-Sangster as both International Rescue brothers Gordon and John Tracy.
Also cast are Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon) as both Alan and Scott Tracy, David Menkin as Virgil, Sandra Dickinson (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) as Grandma Tracy and Andres Williams (M.I. High) as villain The Hood.
New characters Kayo and Colonel Casey will be voiced by Merlin’s Angel Coulby and Doctor Who’s Adjoa Andoh.
“I’m very excited to bring Lady Penelope’s wry wit and taste for adventure to a new generation,” Pike commented. “Exploring the scenes with David Graham has been an absolute delight. The scripts are very modern, very fresh and very funny. We’re all eagerly anticipating our next stint in the recording studio!”
Graham added, “I am triple chuffed to be on board the new series of Thunderbirds Are Go! and reprising my role of dear old Parker with such a distinguished cast. My driving skills are in good nick and I am delighted to be behind the wheel again with M’Lady. Cheerio!”
Thunderbirds – whose creator Gerry Anderson died in December last year – followed the lifesaving exploits of the secret organization International Rescue and originally ran from 1965 to 1966. It was brought to life through Anderson's groundbreaking "supermarionation" puppetry techniques. Written by Rob Hoegee of Generator Rex and directed by LEGO Star Wars’ David Scott, the new adaptation will be produced using both CGI animation and live-action miniature sets. It will air on ITV in 2015.