Since his Oscar win on Sunday, Eddie Redmayne’s career is quite literally steaming ahead: he’s voicing a train in an upcoming Thomas the Tank Engine film.
Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure will mark the 70th anniversary of Thomas & Friends, with Redmayne lending his lovely vocals to a train called Ryan.
It’s quite a scoop for the filmmakers mere days after the actor bagged a golden statuette for his turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, although Redmayne himself sounds like a kid at Christmas – a kid that just unwrapped a longed for train set.
“I grew up loving to watch Thomas and his pals getting caught up in unexpected and mischievous adventures,” Redmayne said.
“I jumped at the opportunity to get involved and what fun it was! I have never voiced an animated character before and I had a complete blast!”
John Hurt said he was also “delighted” to join the cast, and is pleased that “it continues to appeal to each successive generation.”
The renowned actor has voiced many an animated character, including Hazel in Watership Down, but says Sailor John offered up something new.
“Sailor John was something of a departure from what I usually do and a lot of fun to play.”
The film will be available on DVD later this year.